coming of age

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'Miniature' Force Powers Jonah Hill's Mid90s

Sunny Suljic delivers what 'might be the performance of the year'

(Newser) - Jonah Hill's writing and directing debut has arrived. Mid90s , partly based on Hill's own childhood, focuses on a 13-year-old looking for acceptance among a crew of older skateboarders in 1990s Los Angeles. The R-rated, coming-of-age flick has a 79% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , and an even... More »

Youth In Revolt Funny, Familiar

If you're not sick of Michael Cera, you'll probably like it

(Newser) - Youth in Revolt was shot in early 2008, which, Ty Burr of the Boston Globe notes, was “before some of us started getting tired of watching Michael Cera play Michael Cera.” If you aren’t tired of Cera’s adorably dorky shtick, you’ll find Youth a sharp... More »

For What It Is, Whip It Works

Barrymore is a revelation—as a director

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore's Whip It isn't a revelation, but fans of the aspirational sports comedy/drama probably won't do better this season, critics forecast:
  • The film is "hard to mock and easy to like." Though it won't "change the way you think about movies, roller derby or the relations
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Adventureland Is a Sweet Ride

Retro coming-of-age movie will touch nostalgic hearts

(Newser) - Coming-of-age romance Adventureland isn't a rollercoaster of surprises, critics say, but it's still honest and poignant enough to be touching—especially if you grew up in the '80s.
  • Todd McCarthy, Variety: "A rather ordinary account of youthful summer misadventures that goes down easily thanks to a sparky cast, more
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Amarcord Still Sentimental, Sexist ... and Great

Fellini gives us a coming-of-age during 1930s fascist Italy

(Newser) - “Kids, dogs, wisecracking old men and well-proportioned female derrières take up a significant portion of screen time in Amarcord,” writes Andrew O’Hehir in Salon of the newly re-released, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale from Federico Fellini—but it doesn’t lack gravitas. The color restoration is as “... More »

Gals Need Great Coming-of-Age Flick, Too

(Newser) - Women have no equivalent to Stand By Me to help them relive their lost tweener years, Hortense writes on Jezebel. The blogger admits to "a jealousy that creeps in whenever I watch Stand By Me. The relationships shared between the boys seem so real, so true.” The next-best... More »

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