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Cast: Adam Arkin, Valerie Mahaffey, Steven Grayhm, Jamie Butterworth, Meaghan Hughes, Sydney Fox, Sarah Butterworth, Alice Ziolkoski, Mark Humphrey, Lisa Langlois, Deborah Theaker
Four friends have one final summer of childhood, but their tests have already begun. Vanessa (Alice Ziolkoski - winner, Best Child Actor, International Family Film Festival) is an aspiring actress ready for her first feature film. Lizzie (Meaghan Hughes) tries to help her brother adjust to life at home after he returns from the war. Jess (Sarah Butterworth) struggles to cope with her parents' separation. Peri (Sydney Fox), the new girl, hides a desperate secret. But as the summer unfolds, each girl finds the strength to face each challenge knowing that best friends are always there for you…no matter what.
"Summer Eleven" tells the story of four friends during their last summer together before they all head off the middle school. Each girl has her own story to tell, each is dealing with some sort of crisis in their lives in a time when you would think they should be having the time of their lives. Even at their young age the film shows true life and all of it's problems. A story about not only facing the challenges before you but it's a story of friendship no matter what, it's that friendship that gets each girl through their tough times. A coming of age film that is that touches the heart and soothes the soul, you can't help but care about these your girls and what they are going through well attempting to adjust to getting a little more mature and moving on into unknown territory as they take the next big step into middle school.
I loved everything about this film, the adult cast featuring Adam Arkin and Valerie Mahaffey are terrific but the true stars here are the four young actresses. Each one brings their own personality to their characters and each give amazing performances. Meaghan Hughes, Sydney Fox, Sarah Butterworth are all amazing but the standout performance goes to Alice Ziolkoski who won at the International Family Film Festival for Best Child Actor. "Summer Eleven" is a an emotional tale for the entire family and it gives the kids a little lesson in life and it will help them to appreciate what they have. I might of made the film sound a bit depressing but I assure you it isn't. While it's thought-provoking it also has a good laughs along the way as well. I highly recommend this fantastic family film for everyone, it's not often a movie comes along that kids can relate to and adults can reminisce about when they were kids at the same time. You can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Image Entertainment
***** Out Of *****