Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon
On the surface, Mud, written and directed by Jeff Nichols, is a chase movie. Two young boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), live on a river in Arkansas. Their life together is like something out of a suburban upper class mother’s nightmare—they sneak out in the wee hours of the morning and dirtbike (no helmets!) to a hidden bank upriver, where they ride a cheap motorboat (no life jackets!) to an unoccupied island to explore, dodging poisonous snakes (snakes!).