Goddamn, this film looks good.
Set for release in October, Mid90s follows the story of 13-year old Stevie (Sunny Suljic from The Killing of a Sacred Deer), growing up in ’90s LA, who’s inducted into a new group of friends at Motor Avenue skate shop. There’s more 90s nostalgia than you can throw a Globe Chet Thomas shoe at, along with a whole host of cameos and even a starring role from none other than Na-Kel Smith. “I definitely had to warm up to it, but I couldn’t be scared because I’d be wasting more than just my time and effort,” the adidas and Fucking Awesome team rider said in an interview with GQ recently. “I would be wasting a lot of other people’s money and time. So I was just like, ‘Well shit, we here now, fuck it.’ My whole thing was, ‘Fuck it, I’m not going to be able to skate for six weeks. Let me get as much footage as I can.’”
Director Jonah Hill (yeah, that Jonah Hill) has said the film draws inspiration from the likes of Kids and This is England, shying away from the “‘80s cowabunga kind of trope” of skate films of the past. Mid90s joins the ranks of The Florida Project, Moonlight, Good Time and Lady Bird as an A24 production, the independent film distribution company behind some of the most successful and off-kilter movies of the past few years. Turns out you don’t need Hollywood A-listers and/or Marvel characters to make a decent movie after all.