By Jack N.
Jonah Hill is known for his screen appearances in the movies Superbad, The Wolf of Wall Street, and most recently, the Netflix original television series Maniac. Now, Hill adds to the diversity of his resume with a new role: film director.
Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, arrived in theaters on October 19th. The film follows Stevie, played by actor Sunny Sujic, a young, 13-year-old in 1990s Los Angeles looking for an escape from his troubled home life. Stevie finds a new life at a Motor Avenue skate shop. Through his new skate life and friends, Stevie finds his life change rapidly. It’s not long though, before Stevie’s home life collides with his skate life.
Stevie’s troubled home life is played through his co-dependent mother Dabney (played by Katherine Waterston) and his violent brother Ian (played by Lucas Hedges). Stevie finds a new passion and learns lessons about race, privilege, and class through his new friends Ray, FS, and Ruben.
Jonah Hill has produced a few films in past, including the 21 Jump Street series but Mid90s is his first shot as a director. Mid90s first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 9th and then made its U.S. premiere on October 7th at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).
With a run-time of 84 minutes, the Hill-directed and Suljic-lead film is being received well by critics for its honesty and heartfulness. Critic Michael Ordana says, “This edgy comedy feels autobiographical because the characters’ little triumphs are too little to be lied about.”
Mid90s is now in theaters nationwide.
Picture source: A24 Films