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Indian Summer

Indian Summer (1993)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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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


Art House & International, Comedy

Sep 3, 2002

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (6)

Mike Binder places his well-acted comedy in the familiar turf of other "reunion" films (Return of Secaucus Seven, Big Chill), adding one element to the genre: Instead of indoor weekend, the regrouping is set in a beloved camp of the 1972 summer

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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If you like to go to weddings of humdrum people you don't know, you won't want to miss Indian Summer.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Just too pat, too predictable and too generic.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A mish-mash of mediocre formulas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This is a story more interested in tone and mood than in big plot points.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A truly enjoyable movie, with a truly wonderful ensemble

March 10, 2005

...with this group of actors (including Sam Raimi, of all people, as a clumsy handyman) it's hard to ever really get bored.

June 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Big Chill-ish camp reunion movie with some lovely performances.

March 19, 2004
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Indian Summer is a feel-good comedy about eight friends who are reunited with each other at a camp.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Binder serves up an unappetizing concoction of Big Chill and Ernest Goes to Camp stew.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Indian Summer

Nice feel good flick even though the ending is pretty much bs
November 24, 2013
Spencer Macklin

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This movie brings back memories of camp! Anyone who hasn't been to camp can never completely appreciate this movie. It's all about the bonds you make that last a lifetime, the memories you can't forget, the growing that takes place there, and how you mark your life by the summers at camp. The seven friends want to save this camp because it was a huge part of their childhood. The characters are real: a couple struggling with martial problems, a woman whose husband died, a man dealing with regret. There are so many storylines going on at once but it adds depth and life to the movie.
March 3, 2009

Super Reviewer

The Big Chill goes to summer camp in this thoroughly enjoyable trip down memory lane. A group of 30somethings return to their childhood summer camp, only to find that it is about to be closed down. For the next week, they rekindle old romances, remember the lazy days of summer, and try to make amends for past mistakes. The movie features a solid ensemble cast that includes Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Diane Lane, Kevin Pollack, and my ultimate Hollywood crush, Kimberly Williams. Look for Spider-Man director Sam Raimi in a small part as the camps maintenance man. Beautiful cinematography makes you wish you had gone to this very camp. It's funny, sentimental, dramatic, and touching. Definately a feel good movie, and a nice one to watch on a lazy day, or when the weather is bad outside. One note to anyone looking to buy the DVD (if you can still find it), the packaging says it is a full screen presentation...not true. The movie is presented in the widescreen format, so you miss nothing!
May 31, 2008
RJ MacReady

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I prefer this to The Big Chill because of Raimi, Arkin and Paxton. Throw them in a movie where they just sit down and watch a deer and I'd love it.
February 4, 2008

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    1. Jennifer Morton: I want to be a kid again. I was good at being a kid.
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    1. Uncle Lou: Everybody's got their own interests. That's the beauty of camp.
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