Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Felix van Groeningen
Jack Dylan Grazer
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.
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
Slightly over the top and cliche but somehow still really good.
The film has a very simple style and indie art-house feel with the 4:3 frame and 16mm film look. I thought they were overdoing it with the 90's references through t-shirts and posters but it starts to feel more genuine as the movie goes on, and as someone in their mid 30's who skated, I was definitely feeling nostalgic.
The acting and dialogue immediately feels off because ...they aren't actors. BUT it's not in a bad way.. it's hard to describe. You get use to it and it's actually quite effective. There is definitely chemistry and for the most part the performances feel authentic.
It's hard to tell a coming of age story without cliches and mid90's certainly goes there and takes things pretty far in the name of make a directorial debut splash.
The character 4th Grader who is the white guy who just hangs with the skaters and films everything, seems to be based on Harmony Korine (apart from him being poor) as homage to the obvious influence of 'Kids'
Overall, it's a good movie and a fantastic first flick for Jonah Hill.
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