Blu-ray Review: mid90s

mid90s was written and directed by Jonah Hill and stars stars Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston. The score is by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era L.A. 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.

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut follows 13-year old Stevie (Sunny Sujic) whose boring life at home with his single mother (Katherine Waterston) and abusive older brother (Lucas Hedges) leads him to venturing out and exploring the area. This is when he meets a group of skateboarders that kind of welcome him into their rebellious sk8r boi faction. A few of the older kids are a bit of a bad influence on Stevie but there is this one cool kid with his head screwed on straight that he looks up to.

Stevie is dealing with some growing pains so he’s looking for a sense of belonging and adventure and he gets that with his new friends as he experiences all kinds of new things. He’s normally a quite kid but when his attitude changes his mother starts to worry about him, especially when he starts to fight back with his older brother. What happens is, Stevie and his friends end up getting in an accident that leaves the kid in the hospital but when his mother sees that his new friends are all there by his side she sees that maybe they’re not so bad after all and the kiddo is in good hands.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has a dark blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, mid90s was an okay watch that reminded me of Linklater’s coming-of-age fan favorites. It’s not as good as those but it’s in the same vein. The movie is definitely geared towards the skateboarding community as well as 90s kids so it’s not going to be for everyone. I’ll also add that just because the cast is mostly teenagers doesn’t mean it’s for a younger audience because there’s some adult content throughout the watch. Everything from drug use, to boozing, to sexual exploration, it’s all there. For this to be Jonah Hill’s directorial debut I thought he did a good job capturing this movie that serves as a time capsule for this fun decade. It’s not as epic as the 80s were but I do have some fun memories from the 90s. Sunny Suljic is the standout here because this coming-of-age dramedy is all about his character’s self-discovery and the dangers that come with it. mid90s will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on January 8th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Fullframe (1.33:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include never-before-seen deleted scenes and an audio commentary with writer-director Jonah Hill and cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt.

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