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Though the film's screwball energy keeps things relatively sunny, neither Gleason nor King fail to take the central protagonist's emotions seriously.
It never transcends its teen movie origins to become something more.
Summer '03 is a solid feature debut whose missteps are forgivable because of the strength and intelligence of the main character.
Vacant in emotion and in cinematic perspective, the movie looks back 15 years but struggles to make an impression longer than 15 minutes.
There's nothing terribly new under the sun about any of what transpires. But writer/director Gleason has crafted a film that manages to be simultaneously funny, touching and sensitive.
A welcome addition to films exploring complex teen girl protagonists.
Hilarious, touching, bittersweet, and unabashedly honest, Summer '03 is a breakout film for writer/director Becca Gleason.
What Summer '03 teaches its audience is that control is an illusion. Tying into the realism of the production is another lesson: not every interaction or human connection has to have a fairytale ending.
Becca Gleason has created something wonderful and extremely relatable that reaches to the core of the memories of adolescence for many women and for that, I thank you.
...King's charismatic turn deserved much, much better material.
Warm, wise and wonderful. Funny, witty and heartfelt. Joey King gives the best performance of her career!
Is this a black comedy à la Todd Solondz? Or a quirky teen drama with a dash of girl power? All in all, it's too glib, too zany, too half-hearted to be a solid example of either.
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