We Grown Now

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We Grown Now
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMinhal Baig
Written byMinhal Baig
Produced by
  • Minhal Baig
  • Joe Pirro
CinematographyPat Scola
Edited byStephanie Filo
Music byJay Wadley
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Stage 6 Films
Release dates
  • September 8, 2023 (2023-09-08) (TIFF)
  • April 19, 2024 (2024-04-19) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$282,615[1][2]

We Grown Now is a 2023 American drama film, written and directed by Minhal Baig, and produced by Joe Pirro and Baig. It stars Blake Cameron James, Gian Knight Ramirez, S. Epatha Merkerson, Avery Holliday, Ora Jones, Lil Rel Howery and Jurnee Smollett.

It had its world premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2023 and will be released in a limited theatrical release in the United States on April 19, 2024, by Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films.


Best friends Malik and Eric come of age in the Cabrini-Green housing complex in the early 1990s.



In May 2022, it was announced Minhal Baig would write and direct the film, with principal photography commencing in and around Chicago.[3]


The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2023.[4] On October 4, 2023, Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights to the film, which is scheduled to be released in a limited theatrical release in the United States on April 19, 2024.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, We Grown Now has a score of 93% based on reviews from 67 critics, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Casting grim environs in a nostalgic glow, We Grown Now is a coming-of-age story whose tinges of fantasy only make it feel more honest."[7] On Metacritic, the film holds a weighted average score of 76 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]


At TIFF, the film was the winner of the Changemaker Award.[9] The film also won the Audience Choice Award for Best U.S. Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival.[10]


  1. ^ "We Grown Now — Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 17, 2024.
  2. ^ "We Grown Now". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 17, 2024.
  3. ^ "Sundance Vet and Netflix Writer Minhal Baig to Direct 'We Grown Now' in Chicago". Screen. May 3, 2022. Retrieved August 22, 2023.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 10, 2023). "TIFF Unveils World Premieres For Jenna Ortega Pic 'Finestkind', Awkwafina & Sandra Oh Comedy 'Quiz Lady'; Announces Centerpiece Program". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2023.
  5. ^ D’Alessandro, Anthony (October 4, 2023). "Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Minhal Baig's TIFF Premiere 'We Grown Now'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  6. ^ Bergeson, Samantha (January 31, 2024). "'We Grown Now' Trailer: Jurnee Smollett and Lil Rel Howery Star in the Acclaimed Spirit-Nominated Indie". IndieWire. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  7. ^ "We Grown Now". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 19, 2024.
  8. ^ "We Grown Now". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved May 19, 2024.
  9. ^ Christian Zilko, "American Fiction’ Wins People’s Choice Award at 2023 TIFF (Complete Winners List)". IndieWire, September 17, 2023.
  10. ^ Chicago International Film Festival, "59th Festival Award Winners. Chicago International Film Festival, October 25, 2023.

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