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Big Time Adolescence (2020)



Critic Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and brought to life by a smartly assembled ensemble, Big Time Adolescence finds fresh pleasures in the crowded coming-of-age genre.

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A seemingly bright and mostly innocent 16-year-old named Mo (Griffin Gluck) attempts to navigate high school under the guidance of his best friend Zeke (Pete Davidson), an unmotivated-yet-charismatic college dropout. Although Zeke genuinely cares about Mo, things start to go awry as he teaches nontraditional life lessons in drug dealing, partying, and dating, while Mo's well-meaning dad (Jon Cryer) tries to step in and take back the reins of his son's upbringing.


Emily Arlook
as Kate Harris, Kate
Thomas Barbusca
as Jon, Jon Epstein
Jon Cryer
as Reuben
Brielle Barbusca
as Lisa Epstein
Brett Puglisi
as Grocery Store Employee
Aiden Arthur
as Young Monroe
Liz Cameron
as Baseball Game Spectator
Jon Freda
as Grandfather
Michael Devine
as Officer Peters
Ashley Szczerbacki
as Baseball Spectator
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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (25)

Orley is a funny but tricky writer, and in scene after scene, his ear for dialogue is just right - it's natural but heightened, funny without sounding too "written."

March 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Its characters aside, "Big Time Adolescence" has a lot of growing up to do.

March 20, 2020 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

It's a coming-of-age movie that relies on the cracked charm of its in-house boorish role model...and the usual storytelling beats.

March 20, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

This is a sweet and touching movie that makes perfect use of Pete Davidson and is far smarter than you might assume it to be.

March 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The script by writer/director Orley does have the guts to embrace a tougher-than-normal inevitable crash-and-burn, but the predictability outweighs even the grimy observational tone.

March 19, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

There's something magical about goony Pete Davidson in a grocery store asking, "Yo, bro, you have any pea shoots?" I can't explain why it's funny. And that's exactly what makes it so funny.

March 16, 2020 | Rating: 95/100 | Full Review…

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