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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonah Hill
Produced by
  • Scott Rudin
  • Eli Bush
  • Ken Kao
  • Jonah Hill
  • Lila Yacoub
  • Mikey Alfred (co-producer)
Written by
  • Jonah Hill
Music by
Cinematography Christopher Blauvelt
Edited by Nick Houy
  • A24
  • Waypoint Entertainment
  • Scott Rudin Productions
Distributed by A24
Release date
  • September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09) (TIFF)
  • October 19, 2018 (2018-10-19) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Mid90s is a 2018 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Jonah Hill, in his feature directorial debut. It stars Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston.

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 19, 2018, by A24.


In the 1990s, 13-year-old Stevie lives in Los Angeles with his abusive older brother Ian and single mother Dabney. While biking around, he comes across Motor Avenue Skateshop and walks in the following day. After trading with his brother for a skateboard, he brings it to the shop and befriends young skater Ruben, who later introduces him to the rest of the group - Ray, Fuckshit and Fourth Grade. Although not good at skating, Stevie quickly fits in with the group, nicknaming him "Sunburn". Ruben, who thinks he is being replaced as the “younger kid” in the group, starts taking a distaste for Stevie.

Stevie falls from a roof while skating and Dabney becomes more concerned about him and his friends. Ian also gets into an altercation with Fuckshit while Stevie is present; and becomes intimidated by the group. Stevie later picks up smoking and drinking - and at a party, is given speed and has his first sexual experience. After coming home under the influence, Stevie and Ian violently fight leaving Ian breaking down and Stevie attempting to kill himself. Having seen enough, Dabney bars him from seeing the boys, but he continues to hang with them. Later, Ray tells Stevie that even though he thinks his life is bad, the other boys have it just as worse; Fourth Grade is poor, Reuben’s mom is a drug addict and abuses him and his sister, Fuckshit’s consistent partying and drug use is worsening, and Ray losing his younger brother. To take ease off his mind, Ray takes him on a late night skate session.

The shop hosts a party in the back of the store. With Ray having the prospects of making a career in skating, Fuckshit almost sabotages Ray’s chances by embarrassing him in-front of potential sponsors, leaving Ray to angrily push him away. Stevie, drunk and high, also fights Reuben. Bummed out on the groups actions, Ray wants everyone to go home, but a drunken Fuckshit wants to drive them to a party. Frustrated and not wanting to argue, Ray agrees, and the group heads off, with Stevie sitting in the front seat. Halfway into the drive, Fuckshit crashes and flips the car, and Stevie is knocked unconscious.

Stevie awakens in the hospital with Ian by his side, and the two seemingly make amends. Dabney walks into the waiting room and sees all the boys there, sleeping. Moved by the fact they are there for him, Dabney lets them see Stevie. They recollect the previous night, and make up. Fourth Grade, who has been filming their antics throughout the film, plays them the finished video, titled Mid90s.


  • Sunny Suljic as Stevie
  • Lucas Hedges as Ian, Stevie's brother
  • Gio Galicia as Ruben
  • Na-kel Smith as Ray
  • Olan Prenatt as Fuckshit
  • Ryder McLaughlin as Fourth Grade
  • Alexa Demie as Estee
  • Katherine Waterston as Dabney, Ian and Stevie's mother

Additionally, Jerrod Carmichael cameos as a security guard whom Stevie and his friends taunt.


On March 30, 2016, it was announced that Jonah Hill would be making his directorial debut from his own spec script, Mid90s, a film he would not appear in.[2] In August 2016, while promoting another film, Hill commented that principal production on the film was set to begin in February 2017.

In March 2017, Lucas Hedges joined the cast.[3] In July 2017, it was reported that Katherine Waterston signed on and that Sunny Suljic had joined the cast in the lead role. It was also revealed that principal production on the film had commenced.[4] On August 1, 2017, Alexa Demie joined the cast.[5]


Mid90s had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018.[6] It will also screen at the New York Film Festival on October 7, 2018.[7] It is scheduled to be released on October 19, 2018.[8]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Mid90s tells a clear-eyed yet nostalgic coming-of-age tale that might mark the start of an auspicious new career for debuting writer-director Jonah Hill."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. ^ "Mid90s". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (2016-03-31). "Jonah Hill To Helm 'Mid 90s' From His Spec Script In Feature Directorial Debut". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  3. ^ "Jonah Hill's Directorial Debut 'Mid '90s' to Reunite 'Manchester by the Sea' Stars". The Film Stage. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  4. ^ "Katherine Waterston, Sunny Suljic to Star in Jonah Hill's Directorial Debut "Mid-90s" (Exclusive)". The Tracking Board. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  5. ^ "Alexa Demie Set For Jonah Hill's 'Mid '90s'; Tommy Dorfman Cast In 'Fluidity'". Deadline. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  6. ^ Kay, Jeremy (August 14, 2018). "Toronto unveils Contemporary World Cinema, more Galas and Special Presentations". Screen International. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mid90s". New York Film Festival. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Matt (July 24, 2018). "'Mid90s' Trailer: Jonah Hill's Directorial Debut Takes a NSFW Dive into L.A. Skate Culture". Collider. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Mid90s (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Mid90s reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 27, 2018.

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