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.
- Commentary with writer/director Craig Johnson, producer Thomas Woodrow, and editor Jennifer Lee
- Commentary with actor Mark Duplass
- Deleted scenes with commentary
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
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