mid90s movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This extremely realistic, but painful and thematic coming-of-age comedy-drama is for mature teens and up. You can expect tons of teens swearing, underage alcohol use and abusive violence.


Stevie, a 13-year-old living in 1990s Los Angeles, starts to spend his summer days hanging out with a new crew of teenage friends he meets at a skate shop, also whilst dealing his his troubled home life.

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Movie details

Director: Jonah Hill
Cast: Sunny Suljic, Olan Prenatt, Ryder McLaughlin, Gio Galicia, Lucas Hedges, Na-Kel Smith, Alexa Demie, Katherine Waterston
Writer: Jonah Hill
Release Date (Australia): 4 April 2019
Runtime: 85 minutes/1h 25m
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film includes thematic content relating to adolescence, abuse, self-harm, and teenage substance and alcohol abuse.

Violence (M)

The film contains multiple depictions of a young teenager being beaten by his older brother and a scene in which blood detail is depicted after a young teenager falls off a roof.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film frequently features occasionally aggressive use of the words “f**k”, “motherf**ker”, “n***a”, “p***y” and “bitch”.

Drug Use (M)

The film features several verbal drug references and includes depictions of marijuana smoking.

Sex (M)

The film contains a scene in which teenagers implicitly engage in sexual activity. There are also verbal references to “sucking d**k”, “eating p***y” and sex using sexualised use of the word “f**k”.

mpaa rating

R (for pervasive language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, some violent behavior/disturbing images – all involving minors)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Through Mid90s, Jonah Hill actually teaches as he realistically depicts skatepark teenagers. There’s obviously a lot of raunchy jokes and coarse touches of humour, but the drama genre also strikes deep when it comes and deals with mature subject matter such as abuse and teenage alcohol use.

In a way, it kind of feels like old classics like The Shining or descending-into-madness stories, except for 13-year-old Stevie, it’s the descent into teenage life. He starts of as a naive child who doesn’t know what black people are, to then ending up swearing to his mother, smoking and even confronting and fighting back at his abusive brother. As solidly stated in the movie, the teenage friends wouldn’t change their rough home lives for each others, considering they’re all dealing with the struggles of home life. Their own personal struggles are what make good sense with their behaviour around other teens.

The guys who enrol the teenage friends group definitely feel like low-budget cast members, but their performances are perfect and demonstrate stereotypical teenagers. However, Sunny Suljic and Lucas Hedges are easily the most memorable out of the whole cast. It’s also very effective in the context that it’s filmed with an old-fashioned ratio.

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