An Ode to Adolescence: Jonah Hill’s Mid90’s


Natasha Karam, Journalist

From the man who once contributed to making 2007’s, “Super Bad” one of the greatest coming of age movies, Jonah Hill created his own, and this time from behind the camera. Hill decided to debut his new profound role as a director through his recently released, Mid 90’s.
The movie is an ode to growing up in a time where friends are more important than family. The backbone of the film came from Hill’s background growing up as a teen skater in the mid 90’s. With the film being based around a time in Hill’s that strongly impacted his perspective of the 90’s, he wanted the film to have the naturalistic essence those times brought to him.
Hill’s wanted to capture the nostalgic raw emotions that he felt during his youth and decided to cast professional skateboarders as actors rather than vice versa. In an interview with Vogue, Hill stated,” I spent three years on the script, writing 20 drafts, willing to completely throw it away.” Hill’s heart was set on turning the kid’s into the actors he dreamed would star in is film, and they did.
Sunny Suljic, who plays 13 year old Stevie, was casted the main role in the film with little acting experience. Suljic was taking on the role of a young kid who is introduced to the homophobia and misogyny of skate culture in the 90’s, something he had never been exposed to. It is a story that discusses the faults of 90’s culture in a natural, explicit manner.
Beyond the films “lessons that we as a culture had to unlearn,” stated Vogues interview with Hill, the movie delves into the home life of Stevie and his connection with his older brother, Ian, played by Lucas Hedges. In the film Hedges portrays the nuisance and jealousy older siblings often hold.
Being entirely shot on 35mm and with an amazing soundtrack, Mid90’s is a movie like no other. The film has blown away its audience by capturing the true essence of growing up as a skate rat in a manner that no other film has yet to capture.