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Big Time Adolescence

About

It’s funny: humans have been growing up for a really long time, but somehow we still suck at it. Just look at sixteen-year-old Mo (Griffin Gluck). He’s bright enough and comes from a good family, yet his best friend is … Zeke (Pete Davidson). Yeah, that Zeke—the agressively unmotivated college dropout who used to date Mo’s older sister. Mo’s well-meaning dad (Jon Cryer) is less-than-thrilled by this state of affairs. His sister? Woof. So instead of spending his days readying himself for adulthood, young Mo is getting a very different sort of schooling. Zeke favors a nontraditional style with practicals in dealing, partying, and ghosting. Academia this ain’t.

Working from his own sharp script, first-time director Jason Orley has created an all-too-real look at what it’s like to be a teenager these days. He’s aided by his strong cast, especially Davidson, whose loopy, boisterous performance anchors the film. The result is a coming-of-age tale that’s as fresh as a trending topic but still familiar in all the right ways.


YEAR 2018

CATEGORY U.S. Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 90 min

COMPANY American High

WEBSITE https://www.americanhigh.com/

EMAIL bta-sundance@americanhigh.com

PHONE (917) 774-9845

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Artist Bio

Jason Orley

Jason Orley is a Detroit native and graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Big Time Adolescence, for which Orley also wrote the screenplay and which appeared on the 2014 Black List, marks his directorial debut. Orley has sold and developed television pilots at Hulu, TNT, and CBS, served as a writer on the Epix political-satire series Graves, and written feature screenplays for Paramount Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures.