Summerhood – 2008 – English
Comedy film directed in 2008 by Jacob Medjuck and Tony Dean Smith, and starring Lucian Maisel, Scott Beaudin, Jesse Camacho…
Synopsis: The coming of age summer-camp saga of four best friends who hate each other.
Review: I saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan.
What a wonderful film, so much fun and entertaining. It’s the basic story of children at a summer camp and how they spend their time there. But the cast is just so great, it’s obvious everyone was having a blast making it.
The film stars Lucian Masel as Fetus, a little kid at camp who has a crush on Sundae (Reva Timbers) one of the girls there. It focuses on Fetus and the rest of the kids from his cabin as they go through crazy antics and adventures and trying to avoid getting caught by the camp Assistant Director (Christopher McDonald in a great performance).
There were just so many fun moments throughout this film, all of the characters were great, with their hysterical names and personalities (Fetus, Reckless, Careless, Grandpa, The Raincoat Kid). And the dialogue sounds like what the kids would actually say and not like it was just written for them. Oh, and the soundtrack was just perfect, great uses of songs and perfectly placed during each of the scenes.
This film was one of the best at the festival. Actor Scott Beaudin who played Reckless was at the screening for a Q&A and he told some nice stories about the making of the film and how all of the cast had a great time working on it. I hope to see many of these young actors in future projects.
Narrated by John Cusack, Summerhood is an extremely entertaining comedy that’s another wonderful addition to the summer camp comedies. Everyone should check this film out.