The Last Summer

It’s the summer before college and all bets are off. Kids are making plans, making memories, and making out.

But because they’re all going their separate ways in just a few weeks, there’s a transient MV5BMTg3NTQ5Mjc1N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzg0MjU4NzM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_nature to their hooking up. Does any of it even mean anything? And more importantly: do you, the viewer, care? There are perhaps a few too many characters to really keep straight, and some of them are rather odious. But let’s say the main ones are Griffin (K.J. Apa) and Phoebe (Maia Mitchell). She’s too busy to date this summer, working tirelessly on a film that might help pay for NYU. And yet she and Griffin spend an awful lot of time together, eating barbecue and having sex, and they’re on their way to the same city for college, so things look…possible?

The Last Summer is Netflix’s most recent attempt to lure in the YA rom-com crowd, and as painful as many of them have been, this one’s just boring and about as subtle as a love interesting literally landing in your lap. It’s like someone played magnetic poetry with shitty teen romance tropes, and then did nothing whatsoever to punch them up or make them new. The tired old stuff was good enough for The Last Summer – Netflix’s cinematic recycling bin.

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5 thoughts on “The Last Summer

  1. Jason

    Haha….I’m currently writing up my review for this movie as well. There was potential in the movie, but it just feels overstuffed with too many storylines and characters as well as being too derivate cliched. Would’ve worked as a limited TV series, but the movie was incredibly shallow and choppy.

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  2. macalder02

    What I like the most about the explanation is the magnetic poetry wanting to write juvenile romances. For the rest it is not necessary to see the movie.

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  3. Gertrude T Kitty

    I’ve picked some bad movies in my time, which any one if my kids will confirm. We love loving and dissing films but this film was so boring I couldn’t waste a breath on it. I love teen romance, I write it, I am usually so easily satisfied, it doesn’t have to be original, I just need to feel that two people have a connection. That’s not too much to ask 🌸

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