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“The Last Summer” Review

Cheesy teenage, high school movies rarely seem completely realistic. The actors look older or don’t act like teenagers would, or the plot is completely unrealistic.

“The Last Summer” is no different. Released May 3, 2019, it features K.J. Apa (Griffin), from “Riverdale,” Maia Mitchell (Phoebe), Jacob Latimore (Alec), Halston Sage (Erin), and Sosie Bacon (Audrey) in their portrayal of high school graduates trying to make the most of their last summer before college.

Each high school graduate faces his or her own unique challenges and opportunities. Similar to the movie, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” love is a major theme. As most of the characters in “The Last Summer” struggle in finding their way through relationships and love throughout the entire movie. Another prominent theme is finding out who you really are which is a theme in “Love, Simon,” as well. These themes are realistic and reflective of teenagers lives in real life, it is the cheesy twists that make this movie unrealistic.

There are some unlikely coincidences and unrealistic decisions and actions that occur throughout the movie. The soundtrack wasn’t the greatest either. It was like that background music that you end up tuning out and not remembering but need it playing or you’ll be painfully aware of the silence.

All in all, teen movies aren’t meant to be completely realistic, just reflections of themes in teenage lives and a nice story that is pleasant to watch. Although this version wasn’t the most entertaining and captive as others such as “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Love, Simon.”

“The Last Summer” isn’t really worth your time; I’d rate it a 2 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking for an entertaining teen movie, there are plenty of better options that you’ll probably enjoy more.