Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, which he also wrote, is an earnest effort that nonetheless relies too heavily on gimmicks. Shot on 16-millimeter in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, its aesthetic—reminiscent of lo-fi films from the eponymous era—is accomplished (the cinematographer, Christopher Blauvelt, worked under the legendary Harris Savides), but the enervated plot falls short of its visual ambition. The film follows 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic, a real charmer) as he makes friends with a group of skateboarders who have nicknames like Fuckshit and Fourth Grade. Like them, he lives amid familial discord, with a spacy single mother (the perpetually underrated Katherine Waterston) and an abusive, though complicated, older brother (Lucas Hedges). Hill seems to have been more concerned with finding the perfect vintage Ren & Stimpy shirt than developing the film into something more than a vehicle for said nostalgia signaling, but he’s not without promise as a director.