Four inseparable 11-year-old girls share the last summer before middle school in this charming coming of age story. Vanessa (Alice Ziolkoski in her award-winning performance) is an aspiring actress up for her first feature film. Lizzie (Meaghan Hughes) tries to help her brother adjust to life at home after he returns from the war. Jess (Sarah Butterworth) struggles to cope with her parents’ separation. Peri (Sydney Fox), the new girl, hides a desperate secret. But as the summer unfolds, each girl finds the strength to face each challenge knowing that best friends are always there for you…no matter what. Emmy-winners Adam Arkin and Valerie Mahaffey (Northern Exposure) costar in this uplifting film the Heartland Film Festival hailed as “Incredible…inspiring…excellent for families.”
I admit I am a sucker for a good chick flick. Summer Eleven is a chick flick for young girls and it’s comparable to the ones I watch as an adult! Most movies made for and starring girls in the tween age group seem to always include singing and dancing and lighter issues. Although those movies are fun for kids to watch, Summer Eleven offers a realistic look at life for girls in this age group. My 16 year old daughter, Kaleigh, and I were excited to watch it and we were sucked into the movie. The movie reminded me of another movie called Now and Then which I loved! I love that the movie dealt with real issues that girls in today’s world face. It made me think back to when Kaleigh was 10-11. It is a very transitional age for girls and this movie captures it in a charming but real way. I would recommend this movie to parents and girls age 10 and up. It is a truly heartwarming story! Read what my daughter Kaleigh thought about the movie below. – Erika
I thought that the movie Summer Eleven was going to be a film for younger kids. I admit that I was a little surprised when I ended up really liking it. One of the things that I really liked was the fact that it had a lot of relatable issues. Some that I have gone through and others that I have helped my friends go through. The main theme of the movie is the girls realizing that there is more to life than just fun and games. The movie also showed that even the most popular girls can have less than perfect home lives. This is important for girls (and everyone else) to remember. Even though some of their lives seemed perfect on the outside, it was far from it when you took a look deeper inside the family. Issues such as parent separation, having family in the military and even being homeless. The friends in the movie stuck together and helped one get through. Not only were these girls dealing with family issues they were also dealing with growing up and by having good friends they were able to deal a little better. I have told all my friends about this movie and recommended they watch it.
Buy IT: Image Entertainment DVD $27.97
~Erika and Kaleigh
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