In a world that seems more chaotic and hectic by the minute, it is always good to slow down when you can and enjoy the moment. Catch your breath while you rest your brain and enjoy a song that came on the radio unexpectedly, or a conversation with a friend, or by watching a feel-good movie.
1993’s little-known dramedy “Indian Summer” is that type of movie.
Growing up, despite never attending a summer camp, I seemed to always really enjoy summer camp related movies. “Camp Nowhere” was a childhood favorite of mine, as well as Disney’s live-action “Heavyweights.” While those two movies were geared strictly toward kids/teens, “Indian Summer” is a summer camp movie for adults.
Seven friends that have gone separate ways, thanks to life in general, reunite for a week-long trip to the summer camp they previously attended every year when they were teens. The Ontario located camp is now in the midst of closing down, and the friends are there to say “goodbye” to the place they once knew and loved.
The film is carried by a rock-solid cast, which includes Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Diane Lane, Elizabeth Perkins, and others, all of whom play off of each other extremely well. Together, they actually feel like a group of friends; reminiscing about the past, contemplating the present, and feeling anxious for the future.
A majority of proverbial “coming-of-age” films are for teenagers, or the crowd that is just entering adulthood. It is a rare for a film to be a “coming-of-age” story for adults, but that is exactly what “Indian Summer” is. Reminiscent of the 1980’s smash-hit, “The Big Chill,” the movie is less about summer camp and more about reuniting with those you lost touch with, and moving forward together as you navigate new stages of adulthood.
Truth be told, the movie won’t blow your socks off in terms of greatness, or depth. It is simply a light-hearted story about not only growing up, but being grown up, and what that can bring a person (or in this case, a group of friends). It may not change your life, but it might make you slow down and think a little bit, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Plus, it is just a good summer related movie to sit and enjoy for a little while.
“Indian Summer” is available both on DVD at PPL, and for free via Hoopla. The film is rated PG-13 for language and mild drug use, with a runtime of one hour and thirty-seven minutes.