MY OLD ASS

★★★★

A COMING-OF-AGE DELIGHT

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
By Chris Dos Santos
16th June 2024

Theer older I get, the more I am comforted by coming-of-age stories. Maybe because it takes me back to a simpler time before adulthood, or because I'm still trying to work myself out. Every so often there is a new coming-of-age film that I find myself latching on to, and 'My Old Ass' is just that.

The film follows friends Elliott (Maisy Stella, TV's 'Nashville'), Ruthie (Maddie Ziegler, 2021's 'West Side Story', 'Music') and Ro (Kerrice Brooks, 'The Prom'), who go into the woods for Elliott's 18th and take mushrooms. Elliott has quite a profound trip when she speaks to older self (Aubrey Plaza, 'Happiest Season', 'Safety Not Guaranteed'), and the one piece of advice she leaves is not interact with anyone named Chad (Percy Hynes White, Netflix's 'Wednesday'). This, however, challenges Elliott not only because she thought she only liked girls, but when she meets Chad, it changes everything.

'My Old Ass' is a charming delight. All the actors are absolutely oozing with charisma. I went to see this purely for Aubrey Plaza who has a very short amount of screen time, so with weaker young adult actors this would have made the whole film a slog. Maisy Stella is so incredibly captivating in the lead role, and I truly loved spending time with her.

The film of course tackles the normal tropes, especially following an 18-year-old who is about to leave her small hometown to head to the big city and all the inner personal challenges that come with that. But also making this a queer story and that of girl finding out she might be bisexual adds a whole other layer to it. Bi-erasure is a real thing and any film that has that in the text is a step to making it more widespread and common.

'My Old Ass' is a charming delight. All the actors are absolutely oozing with charisma.

'My Old Ass' is a blast of a coming-of-age movie with stellar performances and hilarious comedy. There is a Justin Bieber moment in this film that absolutely destroyed me and I truly couldn't contain my laughter. It's sure to speak volumes to the younger generation and is just a perfect cozy film.

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