Number of Times Seen – at least twice (cable in the 80’s and 17 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A teenager goes on a summer long camping trip and doesn’t necessarily approve of the methods of the guide who seems to be too tough on him.
My Take on it – There are lots of films over the years that have tried to show the theme of coming of age, but this unfortunately isn’t among the best of them.
AS much as I love Sean Astin and Kevin Bacon, neither feels utilized properly enough here.
The film is only 90 minutes long, but even that length feels as if it is stretched too thinly for the ideas presented here.
There are scenes where Astin gives a visual narration of things and those scenes have a tacked on feel to them which takes away from the impact of the whole idea.
The fact that Astin grew up between the time the film and the narration were filmed makes things seem even more comical.
Unfortunately, this film feels at best average and that i being quite generous.
Bottom Line – Despite only being 90 minutes, the film is way too long for its premise. The tacked on feel of the narration scenes takes away from the impact of the film. Astin and Bacon are both great actors but aren’t given enough to work with here. The coming of age theme is utilized well here and things feel at best average.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A majority of the film was shot in 1985, but to capitalize on a narration of the story, the scenes involving Sean Astin narrating the film were shot in 1987. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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