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Mid90s (2018)

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Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

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Jonah Hill

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Jonah Hill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunny Suljic ... Stevie
Katherine Waterston ... Dabney
Lucas Hedges ... Ian
Na-kel Smith ... Ray
Olan Prenatt ... Fuckshit
Gio Galicia ... Ruben
Ryder McLaughlin ... Fourth Grade
Alexa Demie ... Estee
Fig Camila Abner Fig Camila Abner ... Angela
Liana Perlich Liana Perlich ... Teresa
Ama Elsesser Ama Elsesser ... Zoe
Judah Estrella Borunda Judah Estrella Borunda ... Sam
Mecca Allen Mecca Allen ... Sara
Aramis Hudson Aramis Hudson ... Skate Shop Customer
Sonny Greenback Sonny Greenback ... 5-0 Kid
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Storyline

This movie follows a teenager named Stevie growing up in Los Angeles. He's struggling with his family, including his co-dependent single mom and his abusive older brother, and at school, where his richer friends seem to overlook him. When Stevie befriends a crew of skateboarders, he learns some tough lessons about class, race, and privilege. Written by Polly_Kat

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Taglines:

Fall. Get back up.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, some violent behavior/disturbing images - all involving minors | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mid90s See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,157, 21 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,362,439, 23 December 2018
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lucas Hedges previously worked with Jonah Hill's younger sister, Beanie Feldstein in Lady Bird (2017). See more »

Goofs

The Sony Handycam used by Fourth Grade (Ryder McLaughlin) is a CCD-TRV16 camcorder. This model was released in 1998 and if this film precisely took place either in '93, '94, '95 or '96 (hence the Mid90s title); this would mean this camcorder model is anachronistic being manufactured as early as 1998. See more »

Quotes

Ray: What about you, Fourth Grade? What you wanna do?
Fourth Grade: I don't know... I guess, like, make a movie or something.
Fuckshit: This nigga think he Spielberg or some shit. You know you gotta say words to make movies, nigga, I ain't heard you talk but twice.
Fourth Grade: [mumbling] Yeah, I guess it's a stupid idea.
Fuckshit: Yes it was.
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Crazy Credits

The A24 logo at the start of the film is made of skateboards. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/Maggie Rogers (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss from a Rose
Written by Seal (as Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel)
Performed by Seal
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Larry Clark's "Kids" if it was a good movie.
2 November 2018 | by Joetampa90See all my reviews

When I first saw the trailer for this movie months back it was hard to not see some similarities from Larry Clark's teenage slice of life movies from the late 90s and early 2000s. Once I saw the movie I was pleased to see while some parts may be influenced by Clark, the Mid 90s stands on its own as true winner.

Much like Clark did, Hill has brought in some kids who have no acting experience here to play Stevie's crew. They all really knock it out of the park and add to the sense of realism. The film is short and sweet setting up the main points quickly and then taking some great turns, some of which are a bit dark. I was a big fan of Lucas Hedge's character and how the dynamic of him and Stevie plays out. The soundtrack also is really quite amazing and adds a lot to the film in some scenes. Also Mid 90's may have the best jump scare of the year!

Some people may complain that while the film does have good characters, setting and so on, it lacks a standard plot. While this is true I'd argue that it sets out to tell the story of Stevie in a realistic fashion and gets the job done. While Mid 90s does have some shortcomings like some cliches and some heavy predictability, I didn't feel like they hindered the film much. A strong 8/10.


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