Big Time Adolescence movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Nope, Big Time Adolescence is pretty much just a coming-of-age comedy with jokes, dating and some dramatic issues. However, it’s an enjoyable movie for teens.


A 16-year-old boy comes of age under the destructive guidance of his best friend, an aimless drug dealer and college dropout.

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Movie details

Director: Jason Orley
Cast: Griffin Gluck, Pete Davidson, Oona Laurence, Jon Cryer, Emily Arlook, Sydney Sweeney, Thomas Barbusca, Machine Gun Kelly
Writer: Jason Orley
Release Date (Australia): 13 March 2020
Runtime: 91 minutes/1h 31m
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains drug themes and drug dealing.

Violence (PG)

The film contains mild violence in the form of depictions of punching and pushing.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features frequent “f**k” language, in addition to mild coarse language including the words “s**t”, “bitch”, “p***y” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (MA15+)

The film features frequent scenes of drug use, including marijuana smoking and a man snorting cocaine. There are also frequent verbal drug references.

Sex (M)

The film contains crude verbal sexual references throughout and scenes of implied sexual activity.

mpaa rating

R (for drug content, alcohol use, pervasive language, and sexual references – all involving teens)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The big issues are saved towards the final moments of the film, but the rest of Big Time Adolescence is reserved with humour that’s actually very memorable and sometimes usable. As the title sorely suggests, this movie tackles adolescence in the form of teenager Griffin Gluck following the destructive path of aimless, drug dealing college dropout Pete Davidson.

Big Time Adolescence’s top focus is on how a good kid or a seemingly-innocent kid can take the road of destruction, drugs, sex and alcohol.In this story, the teenage character’s parents know of him as a good kid doing nothing wrong like getting high or getting tattoos, but he’s doing just that and more. This can often feel relatable for some teens and adults and it makes the entire film very entertaining and watchable.

The humour is also a big surprise in this movie, with most of it consisting around genuine jokes over crude sexualised innuendo or kids swearing. There’s dating, lots of drug dealing and drug-related stuff, with most of the big issues being saved towards the end. Unfortunately however, when everything seems final, satisfied and ready to shut down, it still drags on a little more into the aftermath of the story’s events.

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