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Senior Year: release date, cast, trailer and everything we know about the Rebel Wilson comedy

Rebel Wilson sitting in her car as Stephanie in Senior Year
Rebel Wilson in Senior Year (Image credit: Netflix )

Senior Year is Rebel Wilson’s latest project, and it highlights one of her well-known gifts — being the charmingly witty protagonist. 

The movie is considered Wilson’s first leading role in a comedy since The Hustle, a film she worked on with Anne Hathaway that debuted in 2019. On an interesting note, this new project is uniquely reminiscent of Drew Barrymore’s Never Been Kissed

Here’s everything we know about Senior Year

Senior Year release date

Senior Year started streaming on Netflix in both the US and the UK on Friday, May 13.  

Senior Year runtime 

Senior Year has a runtime of 1 hour 51 minutes.  

Senior Year rating

In the US, Senior Year has been rated R. In the UK, Senior Year has been rated 15.  

Senior Year plot 

Tudum (opens in new tab), Netflix’s official companion site, describes the Senior Year plot by stating: 

"It’s hard enough accepting that '20 years ago' no longer refers to the '80s. Now imagine falling into a coma in 2002 — yes, 20 years ago — and waking up in 2022 to discover that it’s no longer cool to wRiTe LikE tHiS?

"Enter Senior Year, a new Netflix comedy starring Rebel Wilson. Wilson plays Stephanie, a high school cheerleading captain who has it all: popularity, a hot boyfriend who wears a puka shell necklace and the title of prom queen right at her fingertips. But that comes crashing down when she falls off a pyramid and into a coma. Twenty years later, present day, Stephanie wakes up in a 37-years-old’s body and is forced to reintroduce herself to a world where NSYNC has long been broken up and butterfly clips are only cool in an ironic y2k revival sort of way."

Senior Year cast 

Rebel Wilson in cheerleading costume as Stephanie in Senior Year

Rebel Wilson in Senior Year (Image credit: Netflix)

Rebel Wilson leads the Senior Year cast. For many moviegoers, they will first recall laughing at Wilson’s comedic chops in her roles as Brynn in Bridesmaids and Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect movies. Since then, she has gone on to star as Natalie in Isn’t It Romantic, Fraulein Rahm in Jojo Rabbit and Jennyanydots in the remake of Cats

Joining Wilson is Veep actor Sam Richardson. Known for playing the chief of staff to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s onscreen character Selina Meyer, Richardson has starred in a number of other projects, including the well-reviewed Detroiters series. We’d be remiss not to mention that Richardson will have the distinct honor and privilege of being in arguably the most anticipated sequel of the last 30 years, Hocus Pocus 2

Other notable names in Senior Year include Justin Hartley (This Is Us), Zoë Chao (Love Life), Chris Parnell (Anchorman), Michael Cimino (Love, Victor) and the OG of all '90s high school movies, Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).  

Senior Year trailer

The trailer and the plot of Senior Year remind us of Drew Barrymore’s Never Been Kissed. In both films, the protagonist goes back to high school and tries to tap into some youthful popularity. With that said, Senior Year has quite a few funny moments. That "Batman villain" bit is already a memorable line. 

If you needed more incentive to watch the film when it premieres, check out this exclusive clip Netflix recently released. 

Senior Year director

Directing Senior Year is Alex Hardcastle. While Hardcastle may not have a ton of instantly recognizable film directing credits under his belt, he has directed episodes of popular shows like Grace and Frankie, You’re the Worst and Love, Victor

How to watch Senior Year 

Senior Year is a Netflix original movie and can only be streamed directly on the platform. Those without a Netflix subscription can easily sign up for one with just a few clicks. 

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.