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Summer '03 (2018)

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A 16-year-old girl and her extended family are left reeling after her calculating grandmother unveils an array of secrets on her deathbed.

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Becca Gleason

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Becca Gleason
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joey King ... Jamie
Andrea Savage ... Shira
Erin Darke ... Hope
June Squibb ... Dotty
Paul Scheer ... Ned
Jack Kilmer ... Luke
Monica Mathis ... Jamie's Friend
Logan Medina ... Dylan
Kelly Lamor Wilson ... Emily
Steffan Argus ... Josh, Emily's old crush
Chris Ward ... Cemetery Patron
Stephen Ruffin ... March
Travis James ... Buck
Paul Ryden ... Randall Smithton
Elise DuQuette ... Officer Quincy
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A 16-year-old girl and her extended family are left reeling after her calculating grandmother unveils an array of secrets on her deathbed.

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28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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$4,174, 30 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,199, 14 October 2018
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Becca Gleason, the screenwriter and director, graduated from Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati in 2006, having participated in the high school TV program, Braves Beat. See more »

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Another coming-of-age within a dysfunctional family
11 October 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Summer '03" (2018 release; 95 min.) brings the story of Jamie, a 15 or 16 yr. old high school student in Cincinnati, and her family. As the movie opens, after a voice -over with summer thoughts ("summer is a generic string of happy memories"), we find Jamie sitting by her grandma in the hospital. In her last moments, grandma divulges several family secrets to Jamie, and then to her dad. It leaves the family bewildered. Following grandma's death, Jamie stops by a catholic church, where she meets Luke. He is about to be ordained into the priesthood later in the week, but the two hit it off immediately... At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out,

Couple of comments: this is written and directed by up-and-coming Becca Gleason, who graduated in 2006 from Indian High School here in Cincinnati (where I live). While there are a number of spoken references (including to "St.X', which would be St. Xavier, the all-boys Jesuit high school), don't look for any Cincinnati landmarks (the movie was filmed in Georgia). Gleason brings a familiar theme, a conflicted girl coming-of-age in a dysfunctional family (and I'm being mild). The movie is helped by the charming lead performance of Joey King as Jamie. But that's really about it. There are too many scenes that have a 'done by the numbers" feeling. And the yelling! It seems Jamie's parents are, literally, yelling throughout the movie. I can't help but compare this to another recent coming of age movie, the brilliant "Eighth Grade", which outshines "Summer '03" by a mile or two and on every level.

"Summer '03" opened last weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Wednesday early evening screening where I saw this at turned out to be a private screening, as in: I literally was the only person in the theater. I honestly can't see this playing in theaters very long. If you are interested in coming-of-age movies, and you keep your expectations in check, I'd suggest you seek out "Summer '03", be it in the theater (not very likely at this point), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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