INDIAN SUMMER (1993) 

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Alan Arkin
Matt Craven
Diane Lane
Bill Paxton
Elizabeth Perkins
Vincent Spano
Julie Warner
Kevin Pollak
Kimberly Williams

Mike Binder



Time: 97 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy/Romance/Summer Camp

SYNOPSIS: Seven friends reunite for a week-long reunion at a summer camp in Ontario they used to attend as children which is now threatened with being closed down.

BOTTOM LINE: I think the fact that I never went to summer camp makes me an inherent sucker for films that are located on those hallowed grounds. What makes this film different is that the characters are adults going back for a 20-year, last look around reunion. They were Uncle Lou's (Arkin) favorites and since this will be his final season running the camp, he wanted to spend his last week with them. Of course, they all have their own adult issues to deal with – marital problems, career disappointment, loneliness, widowhood – which become exacerbated as they confront their long-shed youth and all its hopes and dreams.

The film has its share of silly camp moments with the men playing old-time practical jokes on each other. However, this is more of a serious piece, the characters slowly, if not exactly deeply, coming to terms with themselves and their pasts...and hopefully forging better futures. The camaraderie of the cast goes a long way to making this trek down memory lane fairly enjoyable; however, it's Lane, as the saddened widow, and Spano, as the husband with career and marital problems who give the best performances and break your heart with their big, sad eyes. It may be a supporting part, but Williams gets kudos for making what could have been a mere cheesecake role, both funny and clever. The story trades heavily on the audiences need for nostalgia and in that regard it works really well, yet it doesn't have much new to say. If you like the cast and don't mind a little predictability, this film is a decent way to pass some time on a lazy day.

"The cabin always smelled like urine. That's how you found it when you came uphill in the dark."

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