- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Actor and first-time director Jonah Hill said his new film, “Mid90s,” seeks to challenge “bro masculinity” like that depicted in his 2007 breakout comedy “Superbad.”

Mr. Hill made the comments while in Berlin to promote “Mid90s,” described by Variety magazine as a “coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old boy who falls in with a group of L.A. skate punks.”

Mr. Hill, who also wrote the script, said the film shows how “these kids speak to one another in such a harmful way, such a misogynistic way, such a homophobic way.”

“Traditional masculinity was not to show emotion, not to show sensitivity, not to show vulnerability, because it’s ‘feminine’ or, God forbid, ‘gay’ to do so,” he said, Variety reported. “What that does, and what we’ve seen, is that it leads to a lot of horrible behavior and a lot of bad actions.

“I just wanted to show that that’s problematic, and really explore that,” he continued. “Because these kids end up making terrible decisions, their friendships end up getting fractured with one another, their lives end up getting fractured, most of the time because they can’t just say I’m in pain. And because the other person can’t say, ‘I am, too.’”

The twice-Oscar nominated actor, now 35, suggested some of his earlier films, specifically “Superbad,” haven’t stood the test of time.

“I love those films, but I also think that if you look back at those films, a lot of what they’re showing is major bro comedy, and bro masculinity,” he said. “I’m learning I’ve got to unlearn a lot of stuff, and maybe some of the people that liked ‘Superbad’ will come with me on that journey.”

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