Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|And Then Came Summer|
Genres: Drama, Gay & Lesbian
A reunion of family and friends becomes an unforgettable vacation when two teenage boys discover their secret feelings toward one another. The relationship is eventually exposed to their families, leading to denial and the... more »
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Sit out the slow parts
Michael L. Wiersma | Springfield, MA United States | 02/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"And there are more than a few, along with several completely unnecessary and uninteresting scenes of random characters talking about nothing. This is symptomatic of editing and screenplay weaknesses that bring into question the caliber of movie this is.
Stay in your chair, and be patient, and appreciate the effort that went into the making of this movie. The payoff near the end is significant, and goes a long way to make up for some earlier problems.
Very few movies choke me up, but this one sure hit me hard. It's worth seeing, and is probably even more powerful for folks that are a little younger than me, just really starting to come to terms with being different and what that means to them and their future.
There is also very little in this film that would be inappropriate for young people, except for alcohol use, which is foreign to probably very few.
Recommended for coming-out and family issues and gentle handling of friends and relationships, despite significant editing and screenplay imperfections. Certainly an independent movie, in any case, and one worth seeing."
A Sincere, sweet movie
Fun Shopper 3 | Los Angeles | 09/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great independent film that explores the effect of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality in spite of the trauma he has suffered because of his family."
Too much padding in the pudding
Robert Thomas | Sydney, NSW Australia | 06/09/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"And Then Came Summer is a padded out film which was, at times, humorous, when it had no intention of being so. I do not hold a prejudice against low budget films but this one's script let it down. The scene where old aunty is pie-making with the two giggling hetero-women (neither of whom are seen again) hopefully implied that they were added to the pies for yet further filling to a puffed-up plot. The two older males stunted the flow with their cliched dialogue and stiff acting while the crux of the film - the institutionalising of Seth - is kept for the final 10 minutes. However, of all the performances, I think Seth's stands out. He is the only one with a clue about subtlety. The cameo from the nosy neighbour typified the cliched context.
The DVD contains interminable & repetitive interviews where even the actors seem to be asking 'is that enough?'And the ultimate question - why the long shot in the father-son climax scene where the two become mere spots on the horizon?
For a film about electro-shock therapy - it needs a dose of high voltage to bring it to life!"
A big disappointment
Fun Shopper 3 | 11/25/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This film is based on a promising storyline arising from true events. However, it has lost its way. I believe the story has been told from the wrong perspective and, although the actors are all good looking, their delivery is wooden and the script is stilted. As a result, it comes out like a B series, day-time soap. Sorry, guys, I tried to like it, but..."