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Pete Davidson seems to make a joke about suggesting a "Saturday Night Live" promotion. And former fiancée Ariana Grande is not amused.
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PARK CITY, Utah – Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson thrive here.

The same day Grande made her second No. 1 single with "7 Rings". Davidson made his splashy Sundance debut in the comedy series "Big Time Adolescence," which premiered on Monday afternoon at the film festival.

It has been a stony moment in recent months for the famous exes who broke off their whirlwind engagement in October. Davidson disturbed the fans in December when he sent a seemingly suicidal message to Instagram, urging New York police to conduct a "wellness check" for the "Saturday Night Live" crewmember. Since then, he has been a regular on SNL and has performed a number of sold-out stand-up shows across the country, making fun of his high-profile break-up.

One audience member mentioned Davidson's recent problems with a Monday interview with questions and answers. He thanked the comedian for showing up and saying good wishes.

"Oh, thank you, that means a lot," said Davidson, who was visibly nervous but joked throughout the panel. "And now I'm staring at the ground again."

When his adolescence performance points to future work, this is not Davidson's last trip to the Park City Fest. In the surprisingly nuanced comedy he plays the sympathetic college dropout Zeke, whose best friend is an impressive 16-year-old Mo (Griffin Gluck), who is seven years younger. Mo's parents (Jon Cryer and Julia Murney) are not crazy about Zeke – he's an unemployed buddy who was once with his daughter – but they also trust their son to be responsible, even if he's occasionally family eating is stoned. 19659005] First author / director Jason Orley describes "Adolescence" as "John Hughes behind a cloud of grass grass," but it's also a deeply relative film about what it's like to grow up and be the people you love the most love to grow. While drinking beer and playing video games night after night, Mo and Zeke find themselves moving in opposite directions: while Mo tries to get a girlfriend and graduate from high school, Zeke is content to just sit on his couch and To Remember Remember the glory days when he "invented" theme house parties.

Davidson's role is typically droll and self-deprecating, playing a very loose version of himself (Zeke compares to the ugly Steve Buscemi and prides himself on Hillary Clinton -Tattoo). But Davidson also shows flashes of a promising dramatic actor who creates a character that is equally boorish and broken, and with a burning joint tears the maturity of adulthood.

Critics were certainly impressed with the Comedian's performance, even if they did not dig the film themselves.

"Big Time Adolescence" is currently looking for theatrical distribution.

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