(I received a copy of this DVD, at no cost to me, for review purposes.)
In "The Perfect Summer," fatherless teenager Jake (Adam Horner) is happy living in Chicago, until his mother (Sydney Penny) decides to uproot them to a small surfing town where her estranged father (Eric Roberts), Jake's grandfather, lives. The transition isn't easy for anyone and it seems everywhere he goes, Jake manages to make enemies, including the town bully, Tyler (JD Banks), who doesn't like the new interloper or his interest in young surfing prodigy, Kayla (Katie Garfield). Stuck in the beach town with no friends and no knowledge of surfing, Jake has nowhere to turn until Cody (Jason Castro), the local surf shop owner, reveals that Jake's grandfather is a surf legend. Tired of feeling like an outcast, Jake asks Lou to teach him about surfing. Jake learns to face his fears, push through inhibitions and realizes that winning the respect of his new peers - and Katie's heart - might mean facing the biggest challenge of his life.So this would be a nightmare for many teenagers, right? Involuntarily moving halfway across the country to a place where he knows no one, he doesn't fit in, and he can't even get internet wasn't good for Jake, either. He feels lost, and sometimes it seems that the only attention he gets is from the town bully. After a while he meets Cody, who turns out to be the key to getting Jake on a better path.
Jake faces some major challenges in "The Perfect Summer," and he really has to stretch himself to meet them. Realistically, his efforts don't always go well the first time. Cody (played by Jason Castro, whom you may know from "American Idol" and contemporary Christian music) is a fun character.
My husband and son didn't much care for this movie, but I liked it. I think it's entertaining as well as inspirational. The theme of working through challenges is a strong one. I also appreciate that it's family-friendly (Dove "Family-Approved").
Links for more information:
- "The Perfect Summer" movie website (includes the movie trailer)
- "The Perfect Summer" on Amazon.com
- Watch the movie trailer on YouTube