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Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old 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.
Comedy Drama - While centering on a young teen character, this period coming-of-age
dramedy is not for kids, what with its depiction of teen drinking,
drug use, and sex, plus constant language. The more familiar faces
here, Katherine Waterston and Lucas Hedges, only have small
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sensuality between teens with no nudity. VIOLENCE: Fights and a hard fall with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and druguse by teens. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic banter and wisecracks, often suggestive.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average While it's refreshing that Hill avoids some of the cliches inherent in the material (Stevie does not suddenly become a star skateboarder, find self-confidence, gain the admiration of his peers/girls/mother), the film's rough edges sometimes feel like a first draft.
Rolling StoneFull Review Good ...hilarious and heartfelt movie, set to a rock and hip-hop soundtrack that predates the digital age. The film feels rough-hewn and hands-on... ...Mid90s bristles with fun, feeling and the exhilaration that comes with risking life's hairpin turns. The skateboarding scenes are killer...
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average ...Mid90s, as its title suggests, leans heavily on millennial nostalgia for the 1990s at the expense of drama, prioritizing throwback comedy, often dully, over cogent character portraiture.
The GuardianFull Review Below Average Snappy direction and a heady sense of nostalgia can't hide a frustratingly flat coming-of-age tale that shows an actor struggling to find anything of interest to say. There are scenes that snap together nicely with some sharp and nuanced observations. But the film is saddled with uninteresting surface-level characters. There's a phoniness exuding from the entire project...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 13 moviegoers:
TEENS: The four males all loved "Mid90's." The lone female felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The one female loved it.
ADULTS: Two males loved it and one felt it was enjoyable but nothing special. As for the four females, three loved it and one rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).