Mud follows two adventurous young boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), living in Arkansas. They stumble upon a boat left high in a tree (as a result of flooding) on a nearby island and decide to make it their fort. They discover that it's being used as a make-shift home by the fugitive Mud (Matthew McConaughey). In exchange for a pistol, the boys agree to help Mud get into contact with a former girlfriend, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). The boys bring Mud food, retrieve parts to fix the boat and help him get in touch with Juniper. On top of that, they help him avoid detection by a group of thugs hunting him down.
This may be one of my absolute favorite movies so far this year! I was a little wary going in; McConaughey can be hit or miss and I've never been a huge fan of Witherspoon. Plus, you never know what you're going to get from kid actors. But everyone in the film made an already-interesting storyline really come to life. Plus you never go wrong letting McConaughey pretty much play himself (yes, he took his shirt off in this movie)!