Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1988. The Mount Company, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Steven Kampmann, William Porter. Cinematography by Bobby Byrne. Produced by Hank Moonjean, Thom Mount. Music by David Foster. Production Design by Vaughan Edwards. Costume Design by Robert De Mora. Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.
Has-been baseball player Mark Harmon returns to the town of his youth to attend the funeral of an old friend (Jodie Foster) who has committed suicide. While there, he reminisces about his teenage days (his younger self played by William McNamara), particularly the summer when he came of age and met the friend he has now lost. His relationship with her was what provoked him to become a somebody, and now his returning to his memories of her will help him reclaim his life all over again. It’s all perfectly average “I was never the same again after that summer” stuff, with overtones of Summer Of ’42 and everything else you can think of. Foster’s performance is memorable, while McNamara is weak in the role and the filmmakers rely too much on his apple pie looks to put the character across.