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Never Goin' Back (2018)

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Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke.

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Augustine Frizzell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maia Mitchell ... Angela
Camila Morrone ... Jessie
Liz Cardenas ... Neighbor
Michelle Sherrill ... Prostitute
Julian Hilliard ... Boy at Diner
Jennifer Pilarcik Jennifer Pilarcik ... Mom at Diner
James LaBounty II ... Noel (as James LaBounty)
Marcus M. Mauldin Marcus M. Mauldin ... Roderick (as Marcus Mauldin)
Atheena Frizzell Atheena Frizzell ... Crystal
Joel Allen ... Dustin
Kendal Smith Kendal Smith ... Tony
Matthew Holcomb ... Ryan
Kyle Mooney ... Brandon
Aristotle Abraham II ... Cedric
Max Hartman ... Officer Puddin' Face
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Jessie and Angela, high school dropout BFFs, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke. Now they've gotta avoid eviction, stay out of jail and get to the beach, no matter what.

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Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and brief nudity - all involving teens.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Никогда не возвращайтесь See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,322, 5 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,271, 27 August 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Angela: Jessie, get up. You have to get up now because I have something really, really awesome to show you.
Jessie: Did you draw a dick on my face?
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References Beaches (1988) See more »

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Mandy
Written by Scott English and Richard Kerr
Performed by Barry Manilow
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"Dude, I puked him to death!" and other (mis)adventures with Angela and Jessie
18 August 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Never Goin' Back" (2018 release; 85 min.) brings the (mis)adventures of Angela and Jessie. As the movie opens, Angela has a surprise for Jessie: for Jessie's 17th birthday next week, Angela has bought them a stay in Galveston. "How did you pay for it?", asks Jessie. "I used the rent money", confesses Angela. But the girls can make up for the shortfall if they do all the shifts that week as waitresses. Ala, things don't go quite as planned... At this point we're less than 10 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: the movie is written and directed by Augustine Frizzell, better known for her acting. This is her feature-length directing debut. Here she brings us the story of these two BFFs who are high-school drop-outs, and share a small apartment with Jessie's brother and a buddy of his. From all the looks and feels of it, they are all losers. But take a closer look, and instead you'll see two teenagers who are at the doorsteps of adulthood, and for whom anything is possible still. We never find out anything about either's parents or other clues as to how they got to where they are now. Beware, there are some very crude scenes in the film, so if that is not your kind of humor, better stay away from this film. I thought there were some truly hilarious scenes. "Dude, I puked him to death!" (comment from one of the girls when she accidentally throws up on someone) is an instant classic line. The best sequence in the film comes when the girls accidentally eat spiked cookies and end up high as a kite just before they need to be at work. Hilarity ensues.... just watch! The two leads (Australian actress Maia Mitchell as Angela and Camila Morrone as Jessie) are charming and have obvious screen chemistry. Last but not least, there is tons of great music in the film, both as the the original score (courtesy of singer Sarah Jaffe) and the many song placements in the film.

"Never Goin' Back" premiered at this year's Sundance film festival to good acclaim. It finally reached my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati this weekend, The Saturday matinee screening where I saw this at was attended dismally (3 people, including myself). Probably the picture-perfect weather outside had something to do with it. Regardless, if you are in the mood for a truly indie film about the lives and times of two teenagers on the verge of adulthood, I'd encourage you to check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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