Big Time Adolescence Movie Review

“Big Time Adolescence”
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Movie Matter: 1/10 Stars
Release: 2019
Genre: Comedy
Available: Hulu


“Big Time Adolescence” is an awkward coming of age story starring Pete Davidson as Zeke, a 23-year-old high school dropout turned weed-dealer townie. Zeke’s best friend is his ex-girlfriend’s younger brother, Mo (Griffin Gluck), a nerdy high school teen who idolizes Zeke and his group of older friends.

Mo’s misguided admiration for Zeke is most likely the result of Mo’s overbearing helicopter father Reuben (Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men), who doesn’t like Zeke, and isn’t afraid of showing it. Mo’s dad understandably can’t wrap his head around the fact that Mo, a straight-edge kid, wants to waste his high school glory years hanging out with a 23-year-old burn out like Zeke.

When Zeke, and his other close friend Nick (Machine Gun Kelly) hatch up the plan to have Mo sell weed at a high school party (knowing the kids will overpay), things get a little sticky (and I’m not talking about the weed). 

Pete Davidson, best known for his goofy characters on Saturday Night Live has really come into the limelight as of late, starring in his second feature film of the year, the other being The King of Staten Island (2020). I am usually a big fan of Pete, and I think he is hilarious on SNL, but his performance in this movie was weak. 

I think his character (Zeke) was too similar to his “real life” self, and it makes for a seemingly effortless acting performance (not in a good way). However, I thought Griffin Gluck was decent playing the role of Mo, and Jon Cryer was solid playing Mo’s father, but neither were standout performances. 

“Big Time Adolescence” got some solid reviews from critics, and received a rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Personally, I thought the movie stunk, and seemed like a poor attempt at raunchy-teen-comedy-classics like Superbad (2007) and American Pie (1999).

Overall, I thought this movie was pretty weak. The plot didn’t make a lot of sense, the character development was lacking, and the movie uses every overused cliche in the book. However, if you enjoy the occasional bad movie (like myself), it might be worth checking out just for kicks and gigs. Overall, I am giving “Big Time Adolescence” 1/10 stars.