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Hot Summer Nights (2018)



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Daniel Middleton (Timothée Chalamet), a likable but socially awkward recent high-school graduate, is spending the summer before college visiting his aunt on Cape Cod. Neither a "townie" nor a wealthy "summer bird" dropping in for the season, Daniel struggles to find his place-until he meets Hunter Strawberry (Alex Roe), the local bad-boy who peddles marijuana to well-off vacationers when he isn't protecting his younger sister McKayla (Maika Monroe) from overzealous male suitors. Sensing an opportunity, Daniel persuades Hunter to go into business, dealing weed up and down the Cape together as the summer heat intensifies. Newly confident, Daniel falls for McKayla, keeping their relationship secret until it becomes explosive. Set in the summer of 1991 against the backdrop of a looming hurricane, Hot Summer Nights is the confident and assured debut feature from writer-director Elijah Bynum. Featuring a wry and charming performance by Chalamet, a stellar turn by Monroe (It Follows), and a breakout performance by Roe-who remarkably seems to be channeling James Dean-Hot Summer Nights is a torrid thriller about small-town misdeeds that erupt in passion and violence.

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Bynum swerves this story into gangster territory without an exit strategy. It's as if he felt the movie was always one ingredient shy of having a distinct taste of its own, and kept adding things to the mix until he ran out of time.

June 27, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

[Elijah Bynum] solicits strong performances from his young cast - especially Timothée Chalamet as the teenage fish out of water - and blends humor and increasingly dark sensibility to good effect.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Visually atmospheric but tonally all over the place, Hot Summer Nights, a first feature by Elijah Bynum, has much to appreciate but ultimately possesses the sampler-platter vibe of a director's demo reel.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Elijah Bynum's directorial debut, Hot Summer Nights, is a brazen anti-coming-of-age thriller that oozes with all the right confidence, chutzpah, and passion.

March 20, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Hot Summer Nights is a sneaky slice of dark Americana, a gorgeously shot, hard truth coming-of-age tale rendered through a lens of innocence and grandeur, a sexy 20th century fairy tale.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Like a teen New England Goodfellas. That's not to discredit Bynum's own style. He wouldn't earn the Goodfellas comparison unless the style was self-assured and expressing character, and it is.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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