Surviving Summer

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  • PG-13
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 6.1  (10,305)

Surviving Summer is a heartwarming coming-of-age movie from 2009, directed by Gail Mancuso and starring Hilary Duff, Evan Ross, and Michael Murphy. The movie follows the story of a teenager named George Zinavoy (Evan Ross), who is struggling to find his place in the world after the death of his mother. At the beginning of the film, George has just finished his junior year of high school, but he's not sure what he wants to do with his life. He's an extremely talented artist but doesn't see the point in pursuing his passion as he doesn't believe the career prospects are very high.

George also has trouble connecting with his father Ben (Michael Murphy), who is an English professor and pushes his son to go to a prestigious college. George doesn't want to disappoint his father, but at the same time, he wants to be true to himself and his own interests.

Enter Sally Howe (Hilary Duff), a beautiful and lively classmate of George's who has just moved to the area for the summer. Sally is immediately drawn to George's artwork and encourages him to pursue his passion. She offers to pose for him and introduce him to her friends, who are running an underground art show.

As George gets more involved with Sally and the art scene, he starts to feel more confident in himself and his abilities. He also begins to develop feelings for Sally, but is unsure if she feels the same way.

Throughout the movie, George goes through a journey of self-discovery, navigating the ups and downs of adolescence, relationships, and familial conflict. He learns to trust his instincts and pursue what makes him happy, even if it doesn't align with the expectations of others.

The film also explores themes of grief and loss, as George struggles to come to terms with the death of his mother and the impact it has had on his life. Through his art, he is able to express his emotions and find some sense of closure.

One of the standout performances in the movie is Evan Ross, who delivers a poignant and nuanced portrayal of George. His quiet intensity and vulnerability make him a sympathetic and relatable character. Hilary Duff also shines as Sally, bringing a refreshing and effervescent energy to the film.

Overall, Surviving Summer is a charming and heartfelt movie that will appeal to anyone who has ever felt lost or unsure of themselves. Its themes of self-discovery, creativity, and the importance of following your passions are timeless and universal.

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    6.1  (10,305)