Never Goin’ Back

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Director: Augustine Frizzell

Presented by: Liz Cardenas

Starring: Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith, Matthew Holcomb, Atheena Frizzell, Spencer Rayshon, Marcus Mauldin, Liz Cardenas

 

2018, USA, 86 Minutes, DCP

Distributor: A24

Program Notes

The beaches of Galveston, TX may not make for a very glamorous destination, but for Never Goin’ Back’s stoner besties Angela and Jessie, the Gulf Coast city sounds like a dream respite from their dead-end waitressing jobs and man-child roommates. Before they get there however, the duo will have to contend with a home robbery, a stint in juvie, and perhaps toughest of all…making rent. Augustine Frizzell’s new semi-autobiographical comedy is a downright audience charmer, immensely entertaining and sure to draw laughs.

The film opens on an exciting note, when Angela (Maia Mitchell) manages to book the perfect vacation for Jessie’s (Camila Morrone) birthday at a cut rate price, but they’ll have to work extra shifts at the local diner to make-up the difference on rent. Unfortunately, the pair of teenage dropouts aren’t the only miscreants in the house, and when they find out that aspiring drug-dealer Dustin (Joel Allen) and genuine creepster Brandon (SNL’s Kyle Mooney) don’t have their shares either, they’re forced to hatch some less‑than‑legal plans. From there a hilarious collection of mishaps follow, replete with drug‑induced setbacks and unexpected gross‑outs.

With her first feature, opening night alum Frizzell has dropped a raucous caper that blends a sweet and supportive friendship with a narrative that’s unapologetically raunchy. The outcome is something of a vision of Ghost World, but with the degeneracy of Spring Breakers and a Dude, Where’s My Car? sense of adventure. (Mitchell Goodrich)

 

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