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Maia Mitchell,Camila Morrone

“NEVER GOIN’ BACK” My rating: B- (Opens Aug. 17 at the Screenland Armour)

85 minutes | MPAA rating: R

“Never Goin’ Back” is Romy & Michele-meet-Ferris Bueller…if Romy, Michelle and Ferris were majorly into weed and cocaine.

Writer/director Augustine Frizzle’s debut is a female-centric stoner comedy. It often reminds of the rambling examinations of adolescence pioneered by Richard Linklater in films like “Dazed and Confused.” This is a good thing.

Our dubious heroines,  Angela and Jessie (Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone),  are high school dropouts who waitress in a Fort Worth diner and share a house with Jessie’s older brother Dustin (Joel Allen), a numbskull who wants to become a major player in the drug trade but really hasn’t a clue.

The girls must also contend with yet another roomie, the awkwardly lustful Brandon (“SNL’s” Kyle Mooney).

As the film begins Angela surprises Jessie with the announcement that they are going to celebrate the latter’s birthday with a road trip to the beach-side wonders of Galveston. To reserve their motel room Angela has spent all their rent money; she says they’ll make it up by working extra shifts at the restaurant.

Of course it doesn’t quite work out that way. “Never Goin’ Back” follows the cocky, brash pair in the week leading up to their big trip. They’ll be lucky if they make it to the city limits.

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