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“SUMMERTIME” An Expression of Life

 

 

Review by John Delia

Billed as the most inspirational movie of the year, the movie Summertime rocks with rhyme and reason. A bevy of artists insert their poetry, songs, art, dance, paintings and music for the dialogue and visuals to provide the feelings and diversity of the big city. The acting, direction and cinematography work in tandem to make the film their masterpiece.

A scene from SUMMERTIME

Hair brading during a scene from SUMMERTIME from Good Deed Entertainment

Although it probably took more than one day to make, the film takes place in Los Angeles and surrounding areas in a single day. The first time actors use their own poetry to act out their frame of mind in blank verse, rap, narrative, song and other forms of expression as they move about from beach to city. During their opportunity to shine, each of the actors in this cross-section of America gets a chance to express themselves so that others can possibly connect with their challenges, cultural changes and viewpoints relating to their own lives.

Dancing scene in SUMMERTIME from Good Deed Entertainment

With a blank canvas now filled with dreams, aspirations, protest, challenges, and determination, Director Carlos Lopez Estrada works his actors into an improvisation of their poetry. It’s a huge challenge to take on, but Carlos makes the film realistic, compelling and entertaining.

Summertime has been rated R by the MPAA for language throughout and sexual references. Most teens will get the drift quickly and they may even connect with their favorite characters. But, the film is not only for them, as it plays out like a butterfly leaving its cocoon after being trapped in transition. I give the movie a B for teens, but lesser for adults who may find the film a bit shallow and superficial.

Marquesha ienjoys a limo ride in SUMMERTIME from Good Deed Entertainment

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Tyris Winter, Marquesha Babers, Maia Mayor, Austin Antoine, Bryce Banks, Lee Blankenship, Bene’t Benton, Gordon Ip, Jason Alvarez
Directed by: Carlos Lopez Estrada
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
MPAA Rating:  R for language throughout and sexual references
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Opening Date: July 16, 2021
Distributed by: Good Deed Entertainment
Released in: Theaters

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