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Movie Info

An aging rocker (Mark Duplass) with no real life aspirations reluctantly takes two teens on a camping trip.

Cast & Crew

Katie Herron
Jessie Pascal
Craig Johnson
Screenwriter
Gill Holland
Executive Producer
Emanuel Michael
Executive Producer
Peter Golub
Original Music
Kathryn Westergaard
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Jennifer Lee
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Critic Reviews for True Adolescents

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

  • There's something refreshing about True Adolescents. It feels like mumblecore's inherent immaturity finally coming of age.

    September 5, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Time and again, "True Adolescents" resists the temptation to succumb to easy melodrama.

    July 28, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • True Adolescents bears the dubious distinction of combining mumblecore's penchant for artistic slackers with Hollywood's celebration of immature slobs.

    July 26, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 26, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 25, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • First-time director Craig Johnson hits the ball out of the park in this perceptive slacker-humored but bleak coming-of-age story.

    November 2, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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  • Mar 20, 2012
    Cast: Mark Duplass, Bret Loehr, Carr Thompson, Melissa Leo Director: Craig Johnson Summary: Bowing to pressure from his aunt, juvenile-minded, thirty-something, wanna-be rocker Sam agrees to take two teenagers camping. But when the trip goes awry, Sam must break out of his arrested development and find a way to get them all back to safety. My Thoughts: "I thought the movie was funny and realistic. The main character, Sam, reminds me of my older brother. He lives wherever and is still very much stuck in his teen era, even though he's in his early forties. The movie doesn't have many players in it, but the actor's are great in this and the film is actually quite funny. Sam is a bit of a smartass who is stuck in his hipster ways all the way down to his skinny jeans. I am a true believer that men shouldn't wear those if they are past their twenties. Then you have Oliver, who is a bit of a jerk as well as his friend Jake, who seems to take a backseat to Oliver. They are both going through regular teenage stuff, dealing with mixed emotions and sexuallity. But on the camping trip these three embark on, Sam grows up and becomes an adult and the two jerky teenagers learn to accept themselves and not be so passive agressive. Not a bad movie and I loved how simple it was. Just seemed honest. I like simple honest films. Makes them human and relateable."

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