Two things I love. 90s nostalgia and Jonah Hill. So I was destined to love this movie. But if I’m perfectly honest, I had some concerns going into this. The trailer didn’t grab me. It felt like any other character indie movie that would be slow and plodding and trying to be profound. If it wasn’t for my boy writing and directing, I may have skipped it. Turns out, I needn’t have worried, but we’ll get to that.
In my big excitement for the weekend, Jonah was gonna be doing some Q&A’s with the cast. Having been to a few of these things before, I had a new strategy. Tough it out thru the annoying neckache of sitting in the front row to get a prime spot for after. Totally worth it. I lucked out and ended up sitting directly in front of him. We made eye contact at one point. I’m still giddy.
Okay so the movie. We follow Stevie, a tween growing up in the mid 90s (duh) with a crappy home life and no friends. He begins hanging around the local skateshop, idolizing the older kids who take him under his wing. For the first time, he’s found his tribe where he can grow and be accepted. Reading back what I wrote, it sounds kinda cheesy, but it’s moving and effective.
In the Q&A, Jonah said that he wanted to make a film where you felt like you were hanging out with those kids, and he absolutely succeeded. I did not feel like I was watching a movie, but was instead spending some time with new friends. It made me feel like the skater girl I always wanted to be. The interactions between the kids were so real and honest. In particular, the one who sold it was our leading skater boy played by Sunny Suljic. That kid has so many emotions in him and can convey them with such ease. Really, all of the kids had an authenticity to them, and that’s what made the film so special.
Mid90s – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/