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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.

Genres:

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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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in September 2018. See more »

Goofs

In between shots of Stevie's group and the cop show Fourth Grade either filming with his camera or not. See more »

Quotes

Fourth Grade: You guys wanna see something?
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Liquid Swords
Written by RZA (as Robert F. Diggs), The GZA (as Gary E. Grice), Joseph Zawinul (as Josef Erich Zawinul), Felix Cavaliere and Edward Brigati (as Edward J. Brigati, Jr.)
Performed by The GZA (as Genius/GZA)
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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