By Mary Cox
“Mid90s” which could have been a sweet coming of age story was ruined by Jonah Hill’s constant use of the f-bomb instead of intriguing dialogue. Once he writes a script, Hill who not only wrote the script, directed it too, needs to hire a script doctor to replace the f-bombs with appropriate verbiage.
Sunny Suljic stars as Stevie, a 13-year-old in LA in the 90’s. Stevie, the son of a single Mom, (Katherine Waterston), is constantly being beaten up by his older brother, Ian, (Lucas Hedges). When Stevie wanders into the Motor Avenue Skateboard Shop, he finds a group of older guys who befriend him and help him hone his skateboarding skills.
Suljic and Na-kel Smith as Ray have a particularly poignant scene after Stevie’s Mother has embarrassed him in front of his new friends.
I thought this could have been a great movie along the lines of J.D. Salinger’s book “Catcher in the Rye” if Hill could fix the dialogue.
The acting was by the entire cast was excellent. They developed each character but the dialogue turned me off. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the use of the f-bomb or other profanity to portray a character or create a situation or to even shock the audience is very acceptable and sometimes necessary but the constant use of profanity, especially the f-bomb is annoying and gets in the way to telling a good story. It also underscores a writer’s lack of language skills and Jonah Hill seems to be terribly lacking.
Hill is better at directing other actors than writing dialogue. I suggest that he direct his career toward directing.