29-year-old Leigh is on leave from her job in New York City after feeling a sense of emptiness and sadness in her life. Leigh has returned to her parents' home, to her high school job as a lifeguard and to her high school friends still in town. But Leigh continues to struggle in finding happiness since her parents don't approve and she's bullied by local kids at the pool. Leigh finds an almost like kindred spirit in high school student Little Jason; but when their friendship turns into an illicit relationship, her friends don't approve and even more tragedy awaits Leigh in her personal journey towards happiness. Written by
This Summer Growing Up is Optional
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality, brief graphic nudity, drug use, language and a disturbing image - some involving teens
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Did You Know?
Leigh receives a postcard that is addressed to her at "433 E. 31st St" in New York City. That address no longer exists - that entire neighborhood was cleared in 1945-6 to make room for the New York University Medical Center, which occupies that spot to this day. See more
When Mel and Josh are reconciling about making a family together outside the school, the boom mic pole is visible on the car while they talk. See more
You're 16. You have your whole life ahead of you. You have no idea how lucky you are right now.
Hawthorne to Hennepin
Written by Clint Asay
Performed by Clint Michigan See more