The Perfect Summer is story about overcoming hardship, acquiring confidence in self and improving relationships. After Jake's father passes away, he and his mom move from a big city to live in small beach town with his grandfather. Jake is none too pleased to have no internet access and even less pleased to be a new kid in town that is shoved around by some high school show offs. The big sport in town is surfing and when Jake meets a pretty girl, he starts to want to break out of his shell. Little does he know that his grandfather was a former surf champ. As Jake learns to surf his grandfather shares many life lessons of hope and perseverance. Along the way Jake learns some tough lessons in love, life and the pursuit of something greater than himself.
This movie was very touching and I really felt drawn into the story line as each character carried a burden that was lifted by peeling back some of the hard layers around their hearts. It was not easy to see Jake pushed around by some punk kids, but I loved the way the grandfather stepped in and really encouraged Jake to drive himself through the rough waters. The grandfather had many words of wisdom throughout the movie. This story was about second chances and making the most of the opportunities available. Jake, his mom and grandfather were all hurting, but in the end, they found healing. I loved the music, the heart of the story, the action and the message. What a great movie!!
Don't miss Eric Roberts who brilliantly plays the grandfather and a few appearances by Jason Castro who was on American Idol.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD from Edify Media for my review. All opinions are my own.*