One Crazy Summer

In Movie Reviews, Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 2:53 am

Budding cartoonist Hoops (John Cusack) just finished high school, but still needs to turn in a project for acceptance into art school. So he goes to Nantucket with his pal, George (Joel Murray), for inspiration, which luckily comes in the form of pretty musician Cassandra (Demi Moore). Throw in a spoiled local bully, a sailing race and an evil developer’s machinations to build a lobster restaurant, and you’ve got the makings of one crazy summer.

This is one of the underground movies that has a massive following which I had never seen. I am a huge Cusack fan, so I really don’t know why I never bothered to watch it.

I can honestly say I was not blown away by the movie, but I was also not disappointed. It is one of those types of films that is goofy, silly and just meant to be fun. And in that regards, it succeeds. You are not going to walk away with some deep emotional meaning from this movie, that is for sure.

Cusack is his normal everyman self, and Demi Moore is adequate but not spectacular in role as the outsider of the town. This is actually one of the few roles where I would describe her as cute. The rest of the cast ranges from a mix of soon to be stars (including a brief appearance from Jeremy Piven) to a list of also rans.

My issue with the film is that it has no real identity. It can’t decide if it wants to be a gross out teen sex comedy or a PG rated family movie. Because of this, you never really connect with any of the characters. You combine this with the off cartoons sketches just randomly thrown in at weird times, and the movie feels every disjointed, like it was rushed through the editing room on its way to the theater.

But worst off all for me was the blatant ripping off of the ended to “Summer Rental”, the John Candy comedy which came out a year before. It is so obvious, you could almost say they used the same script and just changed the names.

2.5 out of 5 stars


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