Surviving Summer (2009).

hillary_duff_1261818968A suicidal teen is sent to stay with her grandparents for the summer, and life takes a turn for the better. This film is also known as According to Greta.

My first impressions of this film weren’t great. For one thing, it just doesn’t make sense to have Hilary Duff (who was 22 at the time) playing a 17-year-old was a bad casting choice because it made her look nothing more than a sulky child. Okay, at the end of it she learns that other people have problems, not just her, but ultimately this film left a bad taste in my mouth.

Ellyn Burnstein was good as Greta’s grandmother and gave a very deep, soulful performance. However, the one performance couldn’t save this film. Yes, Greta learns to enjoy life but the movie didn’t really inspire any emotions in me apart from extreme boredom. However, as the film reaches its end it becomes achingly clear that Greta’s family background is as toxic as she is.

The only positive thing I can think of to do with this film is the pretty drawings used in Greta’s notebook which become part of the opening credits and throughout the film. That’s it. But that’s not really enough to save this film in my estimations.

Save yourself 90 minutes and avoid this film.

MY RATING: * / *****




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