Mid90s (84 R)
Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA 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.
Director: Jonah Hill
Writer: Jonah Hill
Stars: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith
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“Jonah Hill, master director” doesn’t sound like a sentence you’d ever expect to type, but here we are in the year 2018. Alternately known for his Judd Apatow-friendly work and his more intense dramatic performances (he’s still the best thing about Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and that’s far from a knock), Hill has been nursing directorial ambitions since his youth. And despite whatever cynical skepticism is built into critics’ minds, Hill comes straight out of the gate here with a minor masterpiece. Focusing on a latchkey L.A. kid named Stevie (Sunny Suljic, perfect) who wants to escape his abusive older brother (Lucas Hedges, also perfect), Mid90s is content to bounce between Stevie’s depressing domestic life and the skateboarding ne’er-do-wells he latches onto at a local skate shop. Filmed in an old-school 4:3 aspect ratio and jammed with an era-encapsulating soundtrack, Mid90s doesn’t feel like a recreation of an era so much as a lost artifact of the time. There’s one predictable and regrettable narrative beat toward the end, but otherwise Hill has crafted a debut that will last a lifetime.
– Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail