Set in Cape Cod aka spring break for parents, this film portrays the awkwardness of being fourteen both in the protagonist, Duncan's life and seamlessly delivered by the very nuance of his stance, gait, and ability to hold an pained expression.
What could have been another cheese-ball Hollywood film rose without faltering. A summer that starts out dismal, sharply turns upward when Duncan in his misery happens upon a water park. Water Wizz is more than a chlorine laced haven in New England. It's a place of grounding, friendship, and finding relief when parents in general and especially his parent's boyfriend behave badly.
The actors glide on and off the screen in rapid-fire succession and it works. The on-off scenes are much akin to watching a PowerPoint presentation and before the viewer gets comfortable, another movie angle is up for grabs. The opening and closing of the movie shot in an vintage station wagon as Duncan stares out the back window are memorable.
This film may not rock the charts, yet it rates as a film to see with teenagers, Consider a twilight movie (showing between 4-5) and then grab a bite afterwards. Easiest way to start a conversation with your kid today is by doing something together. You'll be way, way ahead in the parenting game.
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