There’s a lot of talk about digital this and digital that, but sometimes the old ways are the best. Walking down South First Street to Metro’s Friday party at South First Billiards, I was hand-promoted by a young man handing out postcards for Bummer Summer.
So just to return the favor, here’s Jody Amable’s review:
(U.S.; 79 min.) John Hughes constructed a nearly perfect world; cinema teenagers are still re-creating it today, always making sure there are a beginning, middle and an end to their perfect problems. Zach Weintraub’s Bummer Summer, on the other hand, is legit. This is what teen life is like: acne, awkward pauses and all. After 17-year-old Isaac breaks up with his very vanilla girlfriend, he embarks on a road trip with his brother, Ben, and Ben’s ex, Lila. It sounds like something that’s been done a million times, but Bummer Summer surprises. There’s little rhyme or reason, and some characters disappear almost as soon as they’re introduced. The meandering plot and constant coming and going make for a wistful and enjoyable representation of summer break, in real time. This is a world premiere for Cinequest. (JA)
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