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Sherrié Austin ... Cari (as Sherrie Krenn)
Chance Boyer ... Forgot

Tony Crane ... Bo

Brian Austin Green ... Charles 'Fin' Findley

Joanna Kerns ... Aunt Sunny

Brian Krause ... Joey

Michael Landes ... Tom Travis

Wayne Pére ... Rockman

Barrett Sherwood ... Surfer / Beach Bum

Amber Susa ... Traci
Karen Teliha ... Bag Lady
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Directed by
James Slocum 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Slocum 
Mark Twain  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Wade W. Danielson .... associate producer
Jane Hamsher .... producer
Original Music by
Roger Neill 
Cinematography by
Bruce Dorfman 
Production Design by
Damon Fortier 
Production Management
Daniel Helberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wade W. Danielson .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Odin Benitez .... sound effects editor
Odin Benitez .... sound mixer
Scott Chandler .... foley recordist
Doug Chapin .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Chock .... sound editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Beny Levy .... boom operator
Gary Rydstrom .... re-recording mixer
Wolf Schmidt .... sound designer
Wolf Schmidt .... sound effects editor
David Seitz .... sound effects editor
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
Editorial Department
Mato .... color timer
Music Department
Gary Negbaur .... composer: additional music

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Color me Puked!, 3 March 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

An American Summer seems pretty stupid when you watch it. Oh god, it is so horribly trite and nauseously sentimental, it strains the eyes and ears to continue watching it. Yet, there is something entertaining about it.

The story is stupid, based on the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (it is no coincidence that the characters are named 'Tom' and 'Finn', the Tom's aunt is named 'Sally,' or that they must escape a crazy attacker much like 'Enjun Joe' in Twain's novel.

Except this turns an already lame teen film into an even more ridiculous story. Sure, Tom is sent to live with his aunt for the summer, and then makes friends with a beach local named Finn. That's cool. Finn teaches him to surf, introduces him to the local girls, and they get into a bit of trouble in that boys-will-be-boys kind of pasttime. But, then you have that part modeling 'Enjun Joe,' where Tom and Finn witness this crazy drunk stab a guy at some gas station. The way he gets away and is all nervous one night and then totally cool for the rest of the week is not only stupid, but a hard pitfall to get past, especially when you're only trying to draw up that suspense at intermittent and often annoying points of the film.

I can't tell you how lame the dialogue, nevermind the entire movie really is. But, you might find yourself willing to wade through so many of those bumps in the road if you like Brian Austin Green, Brain Krause (he plays the obnoxious life guard), Michael Landen, or movies of the late 80s/early 90s no matter how idiotic they are.

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