Directed: Joseph Kell
The poignant, coming of age story about a group of eleven year old girls in their final summer before middle school.
Four girls are spending together their last summer before middle school. Each has a problem to overcome. Jess (Sarah), a gentle, quiet, and thoughtful girl, misses her divorced father, and doesn't get along with the strict man her mother is now seeing. Peri's (Sydney) family hasn't had a home for a while, and are living in their car. Lizzie (Meaghan), the youngest of the bunch, has her brother get seriously wounded in Iraq. A clip from the film.
Vanessa (Alice) is struggling to get a major role in a movie. While the character stands out by the different nature of her challenge, the actress does so even more. There is no poor acting in the film, but Alice is the only memorable actress. Her serious looks and piercing gazes combine with her enchanting energy, resulting in an unusual screen presence, vaguely reminiscent of Evan Rachel Wood in Digging to China. However, with the four girls and their parents all consuming screen time, there isn't quite enough for any of them.
Summer Eleven rises above the average DVD family movie, but not consistently. It deals with serious subjects without severe cliches, and the girls act pretty well. Unfortunately the low budget shows in many questionably executed shots and dull production values, and the 90 minutes try to cover more subjects than they ever could in any sufficient depth. For a tween audience these problems may not be severe. For me, the experience was enjoyable mostly due to the performance and appeal of Alice, and to a lesser degree of Sarah.~ youngactressreviews.org