Hot Summer Nights
Directed by Elijah Bynum
A teen winds up in over his head while dealing drugs with a rebellious partner and chasing the young man's enigmatic sister during the summer of 1991 that he spends in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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★★★★ review by truman segal on Letterboxd
apparently there were only 6 people were in cape cod in 1991 — but that’s part of the charm.
★★★½ review by TraceSauveur on Letterboxd
Fell asleep for a little bit during this. Not cause the movie was bad or anything, SXSW has just got me feelin sleepy.
★★★½ review by Kern on Letterboxd
Fantastic debut from writer/director Elijah Bynum. Though writing can feel a bit familiar, covering ground we've seen before, the relatively simple story is elevated by top-notch performances across the board. Chalamet and Monroe are as charismatic as ever, continuing to prove they both have fantastic careers ahead of them. Bynum's direction also helps differentiate the material. The film is rooted in its early 90s setting but isn't restricted by it or overwhelmed with pop culture references. I appreciated Bynum's restraint in direction, though still adopting a distinct style, and the performances made some of the conventional writing and characters more dynamic and compelling.
★★★★ review by Caleb Hamilton on Letterboxd
Really strong debut for writer/director Elijah Bynum. Story is quite unique in the regard that it’s told through rumors and hearsay by an unreliable narrator who really is unrelated to the main conflict. Script is really good and I love that it’s climax is set to the backdrop of a devastating hurricane. It’s the perfect parallel to the consequences of actions taken and decisions made throughout the film. Timothée Chalamet brings a wonderful charm. His chemistry with Maika Monroe is palpable. I look forward to what Bynum does next.
★★★★ review by Tyler Jacob on Letterboxd
MAJOR DEBUT ALERT 🔥🔥🔥
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