Mid 90s is a film about a young boy named Stevie (Sunny Suljic) who learns quite a few life lessons during one summer when he befriends a group of skateboarders during, you guessed it, the mid 1990’s. Stevie is roughly 13 years old as navigates between his troubled home life and his self-discovery journey being the youngest among his friend group.
When I first heard that this movie was written and directed by Jonah Hill, one of my favorite comedians, I knew I had to see it. It definitely was not what I was expecting Hill’s first movie to be. It had a much more serious tone throughout the movie, but there were also elements of comedy weaved into the dialog, so it was not just some sappy, dramatic movie. Even though Hill presented me with the unexpected, he really hit it out the park with this movie.
At first, I was not exactly bored while watching it, but I was trying to figure out what the plot was. It seemed like one of those movies that had no clear beginning, middle, or end. It was different. You get to see all of these elements of Stevie’s life and then have to piece things together as you go along. It starts to feel like you really are there, but you’re just following Stevie around as he goes about his days at home or with his friends.
One thing I noticed immediately and absolutely loved about this movie was that it actually looked like it was from the 1990’s. I don’t mean the characters’ wardrobes, slang, hobbies, or cars-which were just as awesome since they really added details to this setting- I mean the way the movie was shot. Whatever camera was used made the film look old and a bit grainy as opposed to the clear, high-definition quality we’re so used to nowadays. If I did not know this movie was made in 2018, I would have thought it was produced in the 1990’s.
I really enjoyed watching Stevie’s progression throughout the film. He goes from being super innocent to the complete opposite. Everything happened at a good pace, nothing was rushed. The dialog was also really life-like, but the cursing was a bit much. Regardless, I thought every character was well thought out and served their purpose efficiently.
The contrast between drama and comedy was also well thought out. It was funny, but not in the way you would think. To me, it was funny because of all the conversations that happened between the friends of the group. However, these young men did get really deep in a couple of scenes. I’ll always remember when Ray (Na’kel Smith) said, “Lotta the time we feel our lives are the worst. But I think if you look in anyone else’s closet, you wouldn’t trade their sh*t for your sh*t. So it’s good.”
I think this movie has something that everyone can relate to or learn. I definitely recommend it: 8.5./10.