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An American Summer (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 14 June 1991 (USA)
Divorcing Chicago parents send their only son to live with his aunt in Los Angeles for the summer, where he befriends a local, learns to surf, gets a girlfriend, and witnesses a murder.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Sunny
Cari (as Sherrie Krenn)
Rockman (as Wayne Pere)
Ashley Hackert ...
Nick Benedict ...
Mr. Finley
John Chaidez ...
Dave Hartle
John Zarchen ...
Surfing Judge
Nathan Fletcher ...
Chance Boyer ...


Tom moves to California to his aunt's house. There he meets Fin, who teaches him how to surf and be just a regular "California kid." This movie follows the book "Tom Sawyer." They even have to catch a character like Injun Joe. Written by Dan Feinberg <danfein@locke.ccil.org>

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Tom Sawyer on the beaches of modern S. California
5 September 2013 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

...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.


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