Jonah Hill grows up in the new trailer for his directorial debut Mid90s, which arrives after the film’s well-received world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The first trailer for Mid90s, released back in July, teased the ”’90s” of it all, playing up signifiers like Street Fighter 2, camcorders and pre-internet skateboarding culture. From what we could tell based off that trailer, Hill’s directorial debut would be a warm, hazy nod to the L.A. streets, as remembered by someone who grew up in the ‘90s, all shot in 4:3 aspect ratio, with a hint of more mature themes like brotherly neglect and the implications of a young white boy hanging out with “ghetto ass friends.”
The new trailer, though, plays up the “mid” aspect of its young protagonist’s life. Mid90s follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a 13-year-old navigating between a tough home life with brother Ian (Lucas Hedges) and his life with a new group of friends met at a Motor Avenue skate shop, and the trailer reveals more about young Stevie’s growing up. His parents are nowhere to be found, as before, and we again see him get turned down by older girls, but we also see him get beat up by his older brother and chased by cops, growing up all too fast. Mid90s seems like a solid directorial debut for Hill, who’s also been taking risks as an actor lately with projects like Cary Fukunaga’s Maniac, opposite frequent co-star Emma Stone.
Mid90s arrives in theaters Oct. 19.
Watch the trailer below.