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Hot Summer Nights (2017)

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In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.

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Elijah Bynum

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Elijah Bynum
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothée Chalamet ... Daniel
Maika Monroe ... McKayla
Alex Roe ... Hunter
Emory Cohen ... Dex
Thomas Jane ... Sergeant Calhoun
Maia Mitchell ... Amy
William Fichtner ... Shep
Jeanine Serralles ... Daniel's Mom
Reece Ennis ... Okie
Jack Kesy ... Ponytail
Thomas Blake Jr. ... Taylor Middelton
Alexander Biglane ... Blair Prescott (as Alex Biglane)
Shane Epstein Petrullo Shane Epstein Petrullo ... Narrator (voice)
Rawann Gracie Rawann Gracie ... Narrator
Rebecca Koon ... Aunt Barb
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In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.

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One summer can change everything.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for drug content and language throughout, sexual references, and some strong violence | See all certifications »

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This film was made in Georgia not Cape Cod. See more »

Goofs

When they went for waffle with Dex the maple syrup bottle had more syrup after he used it. See more »

Quotes

Hunter: [to Daniel] You're a smart little fuck, you know that? But too smart for your own fuckin' good.
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References Naked Bun 2½ (1991) See more »

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Space Oddity
Written by David Bowie (uncredited)
Performed by David Bowie
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A '90s-esque coming of age story goes dark
28 July 2018 | by kjproulxSee all my reviews

When a story focuses on a central character coming of age, I'm immediately hooked. With the addition of the backdrop of the film being set in the 90s, that only added to my excitement. Hot Summer Nights is one of A24's latest distributions and this studio has had quite the track record over the last few years. Personally, I believe this film will be one of their most polarizing releases of 2018, but I think it's a fantastic little indie gem. If you enjoy stories of an innocent youngster who gets swept up in something they think they can handle but really is about to ruin their life, then this film is absolutely something I would recommend to you. Here's why I highly recommend Hot Summer Nights, but also why that recommendation may come with an asterisk for some viewers.

Following Daniel (Timothée Chalamet) as he spends his scorching hot summer in Cape Cod, he finds himself caught up in drug dealing, an unlikely relationship, and no way out of either. Both of those things find a relation to each other and spiral into an overall film that feels like a fun 90s flick, meshed with the harsh realities of underground drug deals. The premise of this film is what truly hooked me and although the storytelling itself is quite conventional, the execution kind of blew me away. From the performances to the surprises, Hot Summer Nights is a film that doesn't let up, even with its slow pacing.

Timothée Chalamet continues to prove himself as an actor and this role is nothing short of superb. Even if this film isn't for you, I have a feeling you'd still praise him in this role. His performance, along with his chemistry with both Maika Monroe (who is also as fantastic as she always is) and Alex Roe is simply electric. From the subtleties he brings to this character, to the raw and unnerving outbursts in certain sequences, Chalamet creates one of the most memorable characters of the year, in my opinion. If you're able to enjoy a film by the core performance alone, then I think you'll love this film as I did. Outside of this character, however, is where I fear some viewers may become uninterested or bored.

There are a lot of moments of characters just hanging out and spilling their life stories, but it works in the context of the film. There are some viewers who will absolutely find these conversations boring, but I was blown away by the performances, so that wasn't an issue for me. There are slow movies that I find boring, but when dialogue can drive it and make for an exciting, slow, yet dramatic experience, that's my kind of movie. So here's where I caution viewers. If you aren't willing to be swept up in a film that's filled with dialogue and not much excitement (for the majority at least), then I would look elsewhere, but personally, I think you'd be missing out.

In the end, Hot Summer Nights is easily one of my favourite movies so far in 2018. The dramatic tension between characters completely sucked me in. Chalamet leaps off the screen and the very solid writing and direction by first-time feature filmmaker Elijah Bynum is something worth noting as well. I will definitely be on the lookout for his next outing. Hot Summer Nights is a true story for the most part, but you can tell that things have probably been tweaked to make for a better film. This film will probably go unnoticed by most, and that's a shame. I loved my experience with this movie and I can't wait to revisit it.


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English

Release Date:

27 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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$246,133
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