True Adolescents
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True Adolescents
Craig Johnson's poised and poignant first feature follows Sam (Mark Duplass), an, unbeknownst to him, washed-up rocker in the early stages of haggard. Jobless and apartment-less, he crashes with his aunt (a compassionate Melissa Leo) as a last resort and becomes reluctant camping-trip chaperone to her teenage son and a pal. That the three males are on par, maturity-wise, makes for engaging ensemble juvenilia. But in the stirring Pacific Northwest wilderness a surprising discovery turns dire -- and the distance from boy to man must be covered overnight. Duplass's ballsy and at times… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Time and again, "True Adolescents" resists the temptation to succumb to easy melodrama."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"First-time director Craig Johnson hits the ball out of the park in this perceptive slacker-humored but bleak coming-of-age story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Yet another movie about a blinkered man-child reaching the limits of his extended childhood, True Adolescents seems as lazy and mush-brained as its central character."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"True Adolescents bears the dubious distinction of combining mumblecore's penchant for artistic slackers with Hollywood's celebration of immature slobs."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Once it hits its stride, it's oddly compelling stuff."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"While True Adolescents may be typical of its genre, it's a solid, well-made entry, with a few details (like its treatment of sexual identity) that help it stand apart from the pack."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A not-coming-of-age tale nestled in sardonic slacker humor, first-time writer-director Craig Johnson's True Adolescents effectively essays the costs of postponed adulthood."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"There's something refreshing about True Adolescents. It feels like mumblecore's inherent immaturity finally coming of age."
‑ Matt Singer,
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