Parents' Guide to

The Perfect Summer

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Wholesome surf drama has positive messages, some bullying.

Movie NR 2014 85 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Good for teens and tweens

We were pleasantly surprised with this one. After reading the caption on Prime about a son dealing with the loss of his father we were a little concerned it would be pretty heavy, which can be a drag on movie night. There are moments when this becomes the focus, but it's handled well and doesn't create an overall gloomy feel. We loved the fact that there was no swearing, no sex, and good messages about overcoming fear and striving for a goal. There is one character that has participated in substance abuse in their past, but reflects back on those times with remorse and a sense of learning from their mistakes. Overall the topics are too advanced for young kids, but our teens and tweens liked the movie.

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THE PERFECT SUMMER is pretty wholesome fare -- no cursing, no sexual content, no drinking or drugs, and some challenging scenes about loss and transformation. It doesn't always land on its feet; the script feels pretty contrived in many instances, and the chemistry isn't always there. There's some iffy behavior when Grandpa takes handling a bully in his own hands and destroys a kid's surfboard, but overall this is a well-meaning, clean-cut look at some relatable teenage problems, such as making friends and being the new kid. With a heavy focus on stunning beach sunsets and crashing waves, you could do worse for family fare that tackles heavy issues with an eye for positive messages.

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