Showing: Friday 8th November at 5pm
Director: Jonah Hill
Cast: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 1hr 25min
Stevie is 13 and lives in LA. It’s the Mid 90s – the music is great, the girls are dope and it’s hot every day. Stevie spends most of his time skateboarding between his troubled home life & his new homies that hang at the Motor Avenue Skate Shop. And life at this age has never been simpler for Stevie, and also, perversely, never as complex.
Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, which he also wrote, is a sharp, funny, coming-of-age movie rich in Hill’s own love and nostalgia for this bygone era – Stevie is depicted on screen going through many of those early pivotal life experiences that Hill – and indeed most people – had to, & wanted to, experience – that first beer; the first cigarette; that first kiss, that first joint. It also contains some of the best character names of the last few years as a bonus.
This sun-kissed period piece shows Hill’s chops aren’t just in front of the camera – the young cast make his quirky script bounce off the screen, and the whole thing is unvarnished just enough to be actually believable – quite an achievement. As a self-created project from scratch, which could have been a misguided vanity project, instead Mid90s represents Hill beautifully, and is a warm & tender nod back to a simpler time, it has to be said again, where the music scene was particularly awesome. A delight