Indian Summer

Indian Summer

Movie: Indian Summer
Director: Mike Binder
Produced by: Buena Vista
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MPAA Rating: PG13

Mike Binder wrote and directed this reunion story in The Big Chill vein about of group of ex-campers, now in their twenties, who return to their old summer camp to get together again. Alan Arkin plays Uncle Lou, the old camp counselor and resident sage at Canadian summer camp Tamakwa. Leading a group of contemporary youngsters wearing Walkmans on their heads to glory in the beauty of a majestic moose in the Canadian Northwoods, he realizes that the children of today are not the way children were in ancient times before 1993, so he decides to close up shop and shut down Camp Tamkwa for good. But before he does he invites a group of campers from the camp’s golden age — men and women now in their twenties — an assortment of veteran campers who return to reflect on the past and sort out their troubles. The campers include Beth, a woman who is adjusting to her husband’s accidental death, Jennifer, a single woman looking forward to renewing her relationship with fellow camper Matthew, Kelly, Matthew’s wife, feeling insecure because she knows Matthew is unhappy in the marriage, and Jamie, a swinging bachelor with an eye for younger women. Rounding out the pack is Jack, who as a boy was kicked out of the camp for a mysterious reason. When he shows up at the camp, the rest of the campers are stunned.

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