An American Summer
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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.Read more ›
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)
From a southern California girl that grew up in this era, I just loved all the nostalgic references ( Mex hoodiie). The bad guy senerio was kinda cheesy but I loved the music and actors and well a lot of this movie. You feel you may relate to this time frame and LOVE to surf as well as growing up in S. CA. You will love this too!
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Would not have paid to see it in a theater, but pretty good for late night watching some 25 years after the fact...Published 2 months ago by Joseph M. Roberts
Lot's of actors who got famous later, and not truly awful, but not good either - hasn't withstood the test of time (would have been more tolerable when it was made).Published 2 months ago by MorganR