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MID90S (Jonah Hill) cat­a­logues as many sound­track and vis­ual sig­ni­fiers as it can from the pe­riod it nos­tal­gi­cally evokes in the ti­tle. There’s Ninja Tur­tles, Street Fighter, Nin­tendo 64 and early Wu-Tang. There are also charm­ing slacker teens, us­ing slang from two decades ago while zip­ping back and forth on skate­boards within the con­fines of the film’s boxy 4:3 as­pect ra­tio. Thir­teen-year-old Ste­vie (Sunny Suljic) and his friends fill out the con­tours of a com­ing-of-age tale in a film that doesn’t re­ally bother with show­ing much mea­sur­able growth on­screen or cast­ing an opin­ion on life­style, be­hav­iour and the ca­sual use of ra­cial and ho­mo­pho­bic slurs. The film’s too en­am­ored of the mid90s to bother hav­ing a crit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion about it. 84 min. NNN (Radheyan Simonpillai)

Sunny Suljic (left) and Na-Kel Smith take you back to the Mid90s.

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