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True Adolescents (2009)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 July 2011 (USA)
Craig Johnson's poised and poignant first feature follows Sam (Mark Duplass), an, unbeknownst to him, washed-up rocker in the early stages of haggard. Jobless and apartment-less, he crashes... See full summary »


Craig Johnson


Craig Johnson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Duplass ... Sam Bryant
Bret Loehr ... Oliver Mitchell
Carr Thompson Carr Thompson ... Jake
Melissa Leo ... Sharon Mitchell
Emma Dumont ... Cara (as Emma Noelle Roberts)
Lilly Perreault Lilly Perreault ... Ashley
Linas Phillips ... Slater
Davie-Blue ... Jericha
Snow Keim Snow Keim ... JR
Laura Kai Chen ... Amy
Dave Hobbs Dave Hobbs ... Casey
Rufus Tureen Rufus Tureen ... Punk Kid #1
Jennifer Perreault Jennifer Perreault ... Candace
Elizabeth Herron ... Waitress (as Elizabeth Cook Herron)
Erika Mayfield Erika Mayfield ... Celia (as Erika June Mayfield)


Craig Johnson's poised and poignant first feature follows Sam (Mark Duplass), an, unbeknownst to him, washed-up rocker in the early stages of haggard. Jobless and apartment-less, he crashes with his aunt (a compassionate Melissa Leo) as a last resort and becomes reluctant camping-trip chaperone to her teenage son and a pal. That the three males are on par, maturity-wise, makes for engaging ensemble juvenilia. But in the stirring Pacific Northwest wilderness a surprising discovery turns dire -- and the distance from boy to man must be covered overnight. Duplass's ballsy and at times balls-out performance is a winner, particularly when Sam at long last takes stock of himself: it ain't pretty. Written by Rebecca Beegle (pasted by Fahad)

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Get lost.


Comedy | Drama



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Comic book artist Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman, Human Target, Neil Young's Greendale) did the poster artwork. See more »


When Sam is teaching Oliver and Jake about about dead rockstars ages of their deaths, he tells them Jimi Hendrix died at 26. Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27 See more »

Crazy Credits

There is a hidden, funny outtake of Mark Duplass at the very end of the credits. See more »

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Into the Woods as Boys, Out of the Woods as Men
30 November 2011 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I liked Mark Duplass quite a lot in "Humpday," and there are several moments in "True Adolescents" when you get a glimpse of what a good actor he has it in him to be. But what also struck me about his performance in this coming-of-age story was how unlikable he can be when paired with the wrong material.

He plays an immature musician, drifting through life and pissing off just about anyone who might be willing to tolerate him, until, bottomed out and crashing in his aunt's house, he agrees to take her son and his best friend on a camping expedition when the kid's father bails on him (for what, we are to understand, is the umpteenth time). While on that trip, something happens between the two teenagers that jeopardizes, and perhaps with dangerous results, their trip and forces Duplass into the role of adult, a role for which he is not overly suited.

We're supposed to think Duplass is a loser, and I suppose we're even supposed to get impatient with him, but I also think we're meant to find him funny and charming, and I just didn't. Some people have a knack for being snide and sarcastic while still being winning, and some don't. Guess which camp Duplass falls in for me? My viewing experience of "True Adolescents" wasn't at all helped by the fact that the Netflix streaming version I saw screwed up somewhere toward the end so that the picture and the soundtrack were operating entirely independently of one another, so maybe it's not fair of me to judge the film too harshly.

The cast includes Melissa Leo as Duplass's aunt, and makes me start to wonder if Leo, an actress I usually like very much, has decided that her best career move is to appear in absolutely any movie someone offers to her.

Grade: B-

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29 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verdaderos adolescentes See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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