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An American Summer [VHS]


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  • Actors: Sherrié Austin, Chance Boyer, Tony Crane, Brian Austin Green, Joanna Kerns
  • Directors: James Slocum
  • Writers: James Slocum, Mark Twain
  • Producers: Jane Hamsher, Wade W. Danielson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony/Columbia-Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: October 10, 1991
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302171741
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Teen Drama

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EliteLamo on May 2, 2007
Format: DVD
ok so it doesn't have star power, most of the world has never heard it before, and it certainly had a limited theatrical release, if any, but ya know what, it's one of those feel good films you watch, and think "An American Summer," is pure American from start to finish. It is grossly watchable, despite its sometimes nauseous teenage sentimental tones.

When I picked this movie up at the rental store, it was nearer to June of my 13th or 14th year, and my summer in a beach resort town was just beginning, and I loved this movie so much, as I could relate as a lost youth coming to a big beach town. I think I kept it for a week or two longer than I should of. Part 'North Shore', part 'Paradise' (Griffith, Johnson), part 'Huckleberry Finn' .

Take your typical lonely boy, Tom, the movies main focal point, all of 14, (looks more 16 in film), displaced from middle America, (Chicago), who goes to LA, after his parents divorce, to what? (cope) and live with his totally-bohemian Aunt (played splendidly by Joanna Kerns of 'Growing Pains' fame) in a beach house. He struggles with accepting this new, laid back lifestyle, but begins to fit in nicely, when he meets Fin (perfect name, for this perfect role, for Brian Austin Green at this perfect age). This budding friendship turn it into a splendid summer, when Fin teaches Tom how to surf, and opens Tom to another lifestyle foreign to Tom. It turns into a summer never to forget with a nice mix of intrigue, falling in love with that sentimental teenage angst, and a barney gone surf fanatic, with some suprising beautiful cinematography, rounds it all off quite nicely, if a bit lame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph N. Calabrese on August 21, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was so glad to find this movie on Amazon. There was no other place that I was able to find the movie. The movie meant a lot to me because the first time I watched it I had some great memories, and it reminds me of those memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wuchak on September 5, 2013
Format: DVD
...that's a pretty accurate description of 1991's "An American Summer." When I put the DVD in my player I was kind of skeptical because I just watched the semi-sleazy and mediocre (but sorta likable) "Costa Rican Summer" (2010). I was surprised when the story and characters actually captured my attention in the first half hour.

The names of the two mid-teen protagonists -- Tom and (Huck) Fin -- tip-off that this is a modern version of Tom Sawyer, and it's not bad. I appreciate the fact that it lacks the crudeness and sleaze of too many coming-of-age flicks. It's not Disney, but it's good-hearted, fun, and dramatic when fitting.

"An American Summer" is nothing to get overly excited over, but if you're in the mood for a coming-of-age flick with beaches, surfing, fun, bad guys and misadventures look no further. Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains co-stars as Tom's aunt whom he moves-in with over the summer in the late 70s.

The film runs 100 minutes and was shot on the beaches of S. California and thereabouts.

GRADE: B- (or a weak 4 Stars)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Pearrow on October 21, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Patterned after the story of Tom Sawyer, An American Summer is a refreshing look at a young teen dealing with the conflicts of parental divorce, being uprooted for the summer to a place he hated going in, and finding himself along with some great new friends. In the tribute to Tom Sawyer, "Tom" having to spend the summer at a California beach (big change from Chicago) meets up with a new friend, "Finn" who helps him adjust to life of beach goers, surfers and dudes. Naturally there are the typical teen problems involving bullies, divorced parents, and of course, girls, but as the summer progresses, Tom learns competitive surfing, tricking his friends into the modern version of whitewashing a fence, and he and Finn witness an Injun Joe character commit a murder over a drug deal gone bad. For what appeared to be a sleeper movie, An American Summer is entertaining, and a nice summer ride. Michael Landes plays an honest and convincing Chicago transplant, and a young Brian Austin Green more than accomplishes the role of Finn; the young mentor and guide to the California lifestyle. This modern day Mark Twain tribute is a good movie for the entire family.
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By Walker on March 20, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
It was good to see a young boy find a friend he enjoyed spending the summer with. On the other hand, it was sad to see the same boy get shipped off to an aunt's house for the summer because he mom and dad were getting a divorce. The mother gets so focused on herself that she finds an apartment that doesn't allow animals and the aunt is the one that has to tell him that his mother has given his dog to some farm. In the end, everyone loves the boy and hates to see him go back home to his mother and the new apartment but he does get his dog back.
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By RB on January 6, 2014
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This is a typical coming of age sitcom with stereotypical characters and plot. I sat through some of it, but am not into the shallow California beach culture it portrayed or the age of the characters. For adolescents and that age group, it would hold more interest. For me with children old enough to be parents, it did not keep my attention.
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