About the film
Director: Jonah Hill
Actors: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Katherine WaterstonWritten and directed by Jonah Hill, Mid90s follows Stevie (the incredible Sunny Suljic, "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"), is a shy, scrawny thirteen-year-old kid 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. Dad's not around, mom is working to make ends meet and his admiration for his emotionally stunted older brother (Lucas Hedges, effective in bully mode) results only in brotherly beatdowns.
It’s a time of Walkmans, VCR’s and Boybands. And for some a time to skateboard.
Though Jonah Hill’s not in it, he’s all over it. There’s something authentically 'Hill' here. For his story of five skater boys navigating their antagonistic-at-times friendships in 1990s Los Angeles, he’s decked out his stars in era-specific skatewear, filmed them slacking off in a nostalgically boxy aspect ratio, and given all female characters 'Rachel' haircuts.
"Mid90s" is like Larry Clark's 1995 street manifesto "Kids," but with heart.