The second trailer for Mid90s includes quotes from critics praising Jonah Hill's feature directorial debut. Although this is Hill's first time calling the shots on a full-length film, the actor has been working as a screenwriter on the side for years. In addition to cowriting the stories for both of his Jump Street movies, Hill also had a hand in writing the raunchy animated film Sausage Party and cowrote the comedy Why Him? (which costarred his This is the End and True Story collaborator, James Franco).
Mid90s (which Hill also wrote) takes place in 1990s LA and stars The House with a Clock in Its Walls' Sunny Suljic as Stevie - a thirteen year old boy who spends his summer hanging out with a group of older skateboarders. Other key cast members here include Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) as Stevie's older brother Ian and Katherine Waterston (the Fantastic Beasts movies) as Stevie and Ian's mother, Dabney. Meanwhile, Stevie's skateboarding "bros" are played by newcomers Ryder McLaughlin (as "Fourth Grade"), Na-kel Smith (as Ray) and Ola Prenatt (as - and yes, this is his character's actual nickname - F***s**t).
The first trailer for Mid90s dropped online back in July, ahead of the film's world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. As such, this new trailer has the advantage of being able to include pull-quotes from the positive reviews that Hill's film has earned thus far, following its debut. For more on that, watch the new trailer in the space below.
As this trailer illustrates, many of the critics who saw Mid90s at this year's TIFF felt it successfully captured a sense of time and place with its nostalgic, yet grounded '90s-set coming of age story. This new trailer arguably leaves a similar impression, thanks in no small amount to its emphasis on naturalism - from the raw visual style to the casting of lesser-knowns as the film's leads. With Mid90s set to hit theaters in just under a month from now, it will be interesting to see if other critics are more, less, or equally impressed by the film as the TIFF crowd was overall.
At the moment, Mid90s isn't generating much in the way of awards season buzz - not least of all when compared to some of the other films that screened at this year's TIFF (see: A Star is Born, Green Book, etc.). Nevertheless, it sounds like most critics agree that Hill sticks the landing with his first time at bat behind the camera (so far). That's all the more encouraging to hear and, hopefully, means that Mid90s will mark the beginning of a long and fruitful run for Hill as a director.
- Mid90s (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018