The poignant, coming of age story about a group of eleven year old girls in their final summer before middle school.


Joseph Kell


Joseph Kell





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Ziolkoski ... Vanessa
Meaghan Hughes Meaghan Hughes ... Lizzie
Deborah Theaker ... Cheryl
Rebecca Butterworth Rebecca Butterworth ... Miranda
Sarah Butterworth Sarah Butterworth ... Jess
Sydney Fox Sydney Fox ... Peri
Eno Fox Eno Fox ... Jeff
Jamie Butterworth Jamie Butterworth ... Julie
Valerie Mahaffey ... Linda
Lisa Langlois ... Jenine
Eamon Hunt Eamon Hunt ... Martin
Carol Halter Carol Halter ... Dancing woman
Doug Halter Doug Halter ... Dancing man
Anne Flores Anne Flores ... Martin's Assistant
Steven Grayhm ... Gerry


Aspiring 11 year old actress Vanessa and her three, fun-loving best friends savor their last summer before making the leap to middle school while embarking on four inspirational, sun-soaked adventures. As Vanessa prepares for the audition of a lifetime, Lizzie welcomes home her wheelchair-bound, war veteran brother; Jess contends with the pain of her parents separating; and a heavy secret weighs on the conscience of their new friend Peri. Before the summer has ended, all four girls will find the courage and friendship to face any challenge that life throws their way. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language

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Winner - Best Child Actor - International Family Film Festival - Alice Ziolkoski. See more »


The first time Vanessa and her mom return from an audition, she is in the front passenger seat next to her mom. However, when they pull into the driveway and she gets out. She is in the back passenger seat behind her mom. See more »


Referenced in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Joseph Kelly (2014) See more »

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8 July 2013 | by Cedric_CatsuitsSee all my reviews

For what it is, it's perfect. It's not pretentious or sentimental or trying to be something it isn't. It makes no claim to be a film for kids as far as I can see, it's just a film about kids, facing real life situations, and managing them well. The adult players are integral to the story and there's a nice balance between the kids playing with other kids, and interacting with their far from perfect parents.

It scores high because it deals with happiness, sadness, success and grief in a realistic way, not getting bogged down with sentimentality or ramming 'important lessons' down our throats. I don't see why kids around the same age as the stars couldn't watch this, but as I said it certainly doesn't set out to be a film for kids. It's by no means hard-hitting, more quaint than edgy.

These four girls are all little stars and I'm surprised to see none of them have appeared in another movie. What their character show is is although we don't live in a perfect world, we can make our world perfect. Well done all of you :)

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Release Date:

26 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA


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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital


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