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Summertime Dropouts

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Pop-punk bands compete to go on tour in wholesome tale.

Movie PG 2022 92 minutes
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This is a sweet coming-of-age movie centered on two bands trying to find success in the pop-punk scene. Summertime Dropouts eschews tales of rock and roll decadence and debauchery in favor of a story of growing up and trying to pursue one's dreams as the responsibilities of adulthood loom ever larger. It probably helps to be a fan of this particular sub-genre of punk music, but even if you're someone who finds it corny, boring, and safe, there's enough to the story of these six friends playing music together to keep it interesting.

The acting comes across as comfortable across the board. No one is over the top and the story feels natural. It's a very wholesome movie. While the parents sometimes have some issues, they show what it's like to be supportive parents of their kids and their artistic dreams. The ending puts a little too much emphasis on this idea of "making it" as the be-all and end-all, even though the rest of the movie shows that what's really important are the memories you make with friends when you play music together.

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