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Big Time Adolescence

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Coming-of-age comedy has lots of alcohol, drugs, swearing.

Movie R 2020 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+


Awesome film. Very educating

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (10 ):

It can be hard to watch a good kid make so many terrible decisions, but under the capable direction of Jason Orley, that's the movie's strength -- it makes us care. Big Time Adolescence's script presents the older Zeke with understanding and even affection, almost admiring his completely uncensored and uncalculating ways. Zeke's drug-induced irresponsibility is clear but, in this compassionate view, it doesn't rule out forgiveness for harming Monroe, a kid he really likes. Davidson is perfect as the fast-talking trainwreck of a human who's as easy to like as he is to dislike and pity. Davidson makes us believe that all that irresponsibility doesn't erase the good in Zeke.

Nevertheless, as the film ends, a clever camera angle suggests that Monroe will grow out of Zeke's influence and leave the eternally adolescent friend behind. And it's noteworthy that although the female roles here are peripheral, all of the girls portrayed are self respecting and far too smart to continue with oblivious guys who insist on playing games.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 13, 2020
  • On DVD or streaming: March 20, 2020
  • Cast: Pete Davidson , Griffin Gluck , Oona Lawrence , Sydney Sweeney
  • Director: Jason Orley
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Neon
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: drug content, alcohol use, pervasive language, and sexual references - all involving teens
  • Last updated: February 27, 2022

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