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With: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie
Written by: Jonah Hill
Directed by: Jonah Hill
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, some violent behavior/disturbing images - all involving minors
Running Time: 85
Date: 10/26/2018

Mid90s (2018)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Skate Expectations

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Two-time Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill makes his feature directing debut, and also wrote the screenplay, for Mid90s, the powerful story of a thirteen year-old Los Angeles kid who falls in — and finds a family — with a pack of skateboarders. Though Hill's touch is simple and observant, and almost documentary-like, the story's emotions run high, from joyous, as when Stevie (Sunny Suljic) first learns to stay on his board, to harrowing, as when he's pummeled by his bullying older brother (Lucas Hedges). Na-kel Smith is commanding as Ray, the most talented and responsible of the skaters, and Katherine Waterston plays the boys' bewildered mom. The great soundtrack includes incidental music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as an energizing collection of '90s hip-hop.

The Blu-ray release includes a gushy audio commentary track by writer/director Jonah Hill and director of photography Christopher Blauvelt, deleted scenes (3 mins.), and trailers. It includes a digital copy and an English descriptive track.

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