- 2 hr 15 min
Mud is the coming of age story of two teenage boys who assists a fugitive in reuniting with his old girlfriend. Audiences will recognize star Matthew McConaughey from films like Magic Mike and The Lincoln Lawyer. The boys however, are played by Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, two relatively unknown actors. The film is written and directed by Jeff Nichols who was previously behind the indie movies Shotgun Stories (2007) and Take Shelter (2011). In May of 2012, the film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, and in January of 2013 it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. After Sundance, it was acquired by Lionsgate for distribution. It had a limited release in theaters on April 26, 2013 and expanded on May 10 2013. Critics have given the film overwhelmingly positive reviews, and it currently has a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. McConaughey stars as the film's title character, Mud, a fugitive who is hiding out on an island in Mississippi. Two fourteen-year old boys, Ellis (Sheridan) and Neckbone (Lofland) discover him while looking for a boat stuck on the island. The three become friends, and Mud tells them a heart-breaking story about the circumstances that lead him to kill a man. His plan is to reunite with his girlfriend Juniper, played by Legally Blonde's Reese Witherspoon, and run away with her. The boys decide to help him by passing messages along to her. As the plot unfolds, the boys have to deal with the moral implications of helping a fugitive and their own entrance into adulthood. As the third film in Nichol's career, Mud shows the ways in which his storytelling techniques have progressed. The film's setting along the Mississippi river and coming of age themes have caused many critics to draw comparisons to Huckleberry Finn, and Nichols cites the writings of Mark Twain as an influence in his own work.