The 16 Must-See Movies Out of Sundance Film Festival 2024

Writing teen characters earnestly, without a patronizing grown-up lens, is tricky business. But as she did in her debut The Fallout, writer-director Megan Park makes it look easy. In her gentle hands, My Old Ass’s vivacious and confident Elliott (Maisy Stella, sensational) is as authentic as they come, as a spirited college-bound teen spending one last summer in her Canadian lakeside town. Park’s sophomore feature is sweet, locally specific, funny, and gradually heartbreaking in the most inventive fashion (bring tissues), one that maturely celebrates girlhood and young romance shame-free, with disarming sincerity. There is a tiny dash of genre flavor here too, winking at the time-travel/time-hop films of the recent past (think 13 Going on 30), when Elliott receives a trippy visit from her older self (Aubrey Plaza). What a miraculous journey.