Review: The Last Summer

Title: The Last Summer
MPAA Rating: TV-14
Director: William Bindley
Starring: K.J. Apa, Maia Mitchell, Jacob Latimore
Runtime: 1 hr 49 mins

What It Is: A group of newly graduated young people come together during the summer before they head to college. Falling in love, realizations of adulthoods ominous presence and mistakes made are all brought into life over one summer in the city of Chicago. Our four groups are all going through a change. Those changes are going to shape who they are and what will happen for them during there upcoming college years. Even if it doesn’t seem like it.

What We Think: Soooooo…this isn’t very good. To be fair to the film never did I expect it to be good. It did, in fact, deliver on these low expectations. K.J. Apa is, to my understanding, just recycling his Archie character from the popular Riverdale program. An All-American guy with a good heart. There’s a couple of cool examples of adults reacting in an adult way, but the situations are just kinda…well ridiculous. Mario Revolori and Jacob McCarthy’s angle, in particular, is a little….well dumb. Likewise, some of the other little moments just seem a bit too contrived.

Our Grade: D+, Yeah. You remember how previously in my Triple Frontier review I said Netflix was on a roll. I take that back. I take that very back. This is a putrid feature. One that stays with the lowest of hanging fruit in its genre. Whereas something like Booksmart showed where a teen comedy can go when it’s focused this one instead settled for a muddled multi-tier storytelling device ala Berlin, I Love YouTruly a shame. We have several SEVERAL more Netflix features coming up this year…wish us luck. In the meantime stay away from this one it just…is not worth it.

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