Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 05, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Stolen Summer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
1 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/22/02
performer
Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Hunt, Kevin Pollak, Aidan Quinn, Adiel Stein, Mike Weinberg
director
Pete Jones
Producer
Chris Moore
Producers
LivePlanet
distributor
Miramax
author
Pete Jones
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

At its best, this square and tremulous tale of uplift, about a little Catholic kid (Adi Stein) who innocently tries to convert a little Jewish kid (Mike Weinberg) in the Chicago summer of 1976, is earnest and unironic — a suburban 1970s story told with the naivete of 1950s TV theater. But absence of irony isn’t enough to get into feature-film heaven: The picture (starring Aidan Quinn, Kevin Pollak, and Bonnie Hunt) isn’t nearly as interesting as the Project Greenlight enterprise that spawned it.

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