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At 34, struggling Seattle musician Sam (Mark Duplass, Humpday, The League) finds himself broke, jobless and losing touch with the person he wants to become. When his girlfriend kicks him out, he s forced to crash with his aunt Sharon (Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo, The Fighter) and is reluctantly enlisted to take her teen son Oliver and his friend Jake camping.
Edgy, funny and honest, Craig Johnson s film follows the trio into the rugged Pacific Northwest as unforeseen revelations and transformations force them to face adulthood. Set to a mesmerizing soundtrack featuring both emerging and established artists including Band of Horses, The Black Keys and Devendra Banhart, TRUE ADOLESCENTS reminds us that sometimes people need to get lost to truly find themselves.
Critics Pick. Its truth lies in the tiniest details: the pauses, the stricken looks, the false bravado, the pathetically redundant slang (so many dudes)... True Adolescents feels accurate enough to make you squirm with recognition. By the end these three boys have grown up just enough to peer a little further into the murk in which the question mark still hangs. --The New York Times
True Adolescents traces a familiar coming-of-age arc from naïveté or willful obliviousness to hard-won wisdom with humor and sensitivity. The film breezes by largely on Duplass charm; he retains sympathy even when behaving like a jackass. In spite of his agreeably rambunctiousness performance, True Adolescents ultimately emerges as a bittersweet yet funny look at the pitfalls and joys of growing up and finding yourself at any age. B+ --The Onion A.V. Club
Smart and fun, with a killer performance by Mark Duplass. --Indiewire
A college movie from a film school. Good actors, but not much of a movie. May get special kudos from some for being politically expedient.Published 8 months ago by Swimmer
I you like hearing the f word a few hundred times this is a great movie, otherwise don't watch it. It's a waste of time and money. There are many better ways to spend your time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Blacktongue
I love slice of life films. This one just kept you so interested with the rich dialogue and gorgeous scenery. I think the script was really smart. Read morePublished 19 months ago by theaterandfilm
This quiet film stealthily approaches some rather profound questions about growing up, finding an identity, maturing, and developing a sense of responsibility--and it just kind of... Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by James R. Gilligan
this movie had a real feel good heir to it. had its parts with comedy and with seriousness as wellPublished on March 29, 2013 by Cari DeLucci