Jonah Hill never really wanted to become a star of comedy, or even be nominated for an Oscar. He was dreaming of a career behind the camera, a goal he finally achieved with Mid90s, which marks his debut in directing.
The American actor goes behind the camera and signs a first feature film drama that tells the life of a boy in the 1990s in Los Angeles. The film, which will be released on October 19th on American soil, has just unveiled its first trailer.
Alongside Sunny Suljic (“Killing of the Sacred Deer”), Lucas Hedges (“Lady Bird”) will give him the reply by playing his violent brother. Katherine Waterson (“The Fantastic Animals”) will play Stevie’s mother, Dabney. Jerrod Carmichael (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) is also part of the cast.
“Mid 90s” follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic)
A 13-year-old boy growing up in a problem family in Los Angeles. He spends his summer escaping his reality with a new group of friends he meets at a skateboard shop. As he searches for himself, Stevie will encounter new problems with his new friends.
Best known for playing the troublemakers in “21 Jump Street” or the rogue businessmen alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Jonah Hill has recently been illustrated in the drama “Do not Worry, He Will not Get Far On Foot “by Gus Van Sant. He will soon be appearing on the drama “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Ezra Edelman and the “Maniac” series, which is expected on Netflix.
The 34-year-old actor, who wrote and directed this story as an adult
He could not have been happier than on the set of his own project, he said in an interview with Subway.
“When you’re an actor, you’re a very important color in another painter’s painting. I have been a green not too bad for many years, and I like being a green not too bad, illustrates Jonah Hill. But my dream was to paint my own painting. ”
As the title of the film suggests, the plot takes place in the 1990s and follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic), 13, who tries to find her place in the world and who grows a little too fast after having bonded friendship with teens older than him. Stevie and company have a common passion for skateboarding, a passion that helps them escape the horrors of their family life.
While noting that Mid90s is not autobiographical, Jonah Hill notes that the film is a reflection of the era that has seen him grow and is dear to him.
“I had not thought about this time in my life,” says the actor and director. We say that it takes 20 years to take a step back and look at an era. ”
The actor born in Los Angeles could still learn from the best
Since he played for the cream of the filmmakers, like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow and the Coen brothers. It beats film schools. No wonder, then, that he did not feel nervous on his first day on the set.
“I played in so many scenes, in so many movies that for me it was just an exciting experience,” says Hill. When I saw the trucks and trailers on the set, it was probably the best day of my life. ”
At times, Mid90s plays in the dirt, the comedy, while on other occasions, the film, an explicit portrait of adolescent male anxiety, is like a punch in the stomach.
“I only wanted to create diverse and interesting characters that were emotionally complex,” says the director. I talk about things like the violence some teens inflict on themselves, and I think it’s been portrayed in a very intimate, respectful way. ”
The work of Jonah Hill is also a tribute to the culture of skateboarding, an emblem of the 1990s.
Moreover, according to the actors, the young director has managed an impressive kick flip that almost ended up in the film . However, since the scene was filmed on a GoPro, the final shot did not match the old-school and retro style of the film, in 4: 3 format.
As Sunny Suljic notes, Jonah Hill has worked hard to paint a realistic portrait of this universe and deny the myths and clichés that surround skateboarders.
“It was as if he was one of us, another skater, and we were just hanging out together, talking, described to Metro Suljic. And when he had to lead us, it did not change. ”
“The film describes the community very well,” says Olan Prenatt
Who plays a character in the name a little too vulgar to be quoted here. It’s not just a hobby, it’s a community. Skate saved several people. ”
According to the testimonies of young Mid90s actors, the film crew loved being directed by Jonah Hill.
“It’s like he’s always been a director,” said Ryder McLaughin, who plays Fourth Grade. It did not seem to be new to him. ”
The actor also added that Jonah Hill often gave them advice, which focused on how to treat the public’s attention … or on girls.
Rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, some violent behavior/disturbing images – – all involving minors)
Directed By: Jonah Hill
Stars: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges
Written By: Jonah Hill
In Theaters: Oct 26, 2018 Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Jan 8, 2019
Runtime: 84 minutes
Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty.
Hill has come up with an accomplished and watchable film in this style, nearly a pastiche…
The dramatic third act is a tad Hollywood, but this is a lot of fun.
If Superbad launched an entire subgenre that mocks male insecurity, Mid90s reveals, almost tenderly, the devastation of trying to hide it.