Hot Summer Nights

Synopsis: A boy comes of age during a summer he spends in Cape Cod.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Elijah Bynum
Production: A24
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Metacritic:
44
Rotten Tomatoes:
67%
R
Year:
2017
107 min
880 Views

(SIREN WAILING)

BOY:
(WHISPERS) Shh. Listen.

This all happened a while back

in the town I'm from.

(THUNDER RUMBLING)

I can't swear

to every last detail,

but I can swear

to most of them.

(POLICE SIRENS WAILING)

So I don't care

what the newspapers said,

or what your parents told you.

Before the storm came in

and blew the whole world

to the ground,

this is what really happened.

(ENGINE REVS)

(TIRES SCREECH)

(FOLK ROCK MUSIC PLAYING

ON STEREO)

I'm going down

to see your father.

You gonna come?

(FOLK ROCK MUSIC CONTINUES)

Daniel, If I wanted

to talk to something

that didn't talk back,

I'd get a cat.

(LOWERS VOLUME)

You think this is easy

for me, huh?

You think I'm just...

It's not, okay?

It sucks. It does.

But it... It just kills me

to see you pissing

the whole summer away

just doing nothing

with yourself.

I'm meditating.

I'm leaving in 10 minutes.

I'd like it

if you came with me.

(SIGHS)

BOY:
Daniel Middleton's father

was just the kind of guy

they don't make anymore.

He lit his cigarettes

with a match.

Like a cowboy in an old movie.

And he changed the oil

in his car all by himself.

He fought in Vietnam,

for Christ's sake.

He went to church.

He loved his wife.

People liked him.

But when he died,

Daniel was so fucked up

he quit his paper route

without giving notice.

And after a week,

Mrs. Schrader

would phone the police

to report

that the Puerto Rican kids

had been stealing

her newspapers.

He burned the records

his father bought him

for his birthday.

Elvis, fucking Johnny Cash,

Frank Sinatra.

He thought

it would help him move on.

He told his mom

it was an accident,

but the school psychologist

told her

it was something else.

This is what we call

a cry for help.

You're spending the summer

with your Auntie Barb.

DANIEL:
Fuck.

Watch it, that's family.

And mind your mouth,

you're in a goddamn cemetery.

Do I get any say in this?

Daniel, if I wanted your

opinion, I would've asked.

Sending me away

for the summer.

What a clich.

You know what I did

the summer after high school?

You mean before you

started drinking at breakfast?

You know...

I hope by this age

you have a little bit

of your father in you.

Just a little.

(POP ROCK MUSIC PLAYING)

BOY:

When Daniel Middleton arrived,

the town wasn't too different

than any other.

It was hot in the summer

and cold in the winter.

And when it was Christmas,

you were just six months

away from the 4th of July.

And on the Fourth of July,

you were just six months

away from Christmas again.

People love Jesus

and macaroni salad.

And they hung American flags

above front doors

that they never locked.

Everyone had two kids,

and mowed their lawns

on Saturday mornings.

Some of the old people

even still had a milkman.

A lot of things

happened that year.

America went to war,

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS,

and I turned 13 years old.

And, in Hyannis,

Massachusetts,

it was the hottest summer

in 68 years.

(POP ROCK MUSIC CONTINUES)

There was the parade

on Saturday,

and then on Sunday,

the summer birds would show up

and change the whole town.

It's delightful.

BOY:
They came

from Connecticut and New York,

and had white cars

and white clothes

and white teeth.

And their kids

always had names like...

- Tanner.

- Kendall.

BOY:
There were two types

of people in this town.

There were the summer birds,

like these guppies.

And then there were

the townies.

Save your shit, we're late.

(AUNT BARB COUGHING)

BOY:
Look, see,

Daniel Middleton

wasn't either.

He wasn't a townie because

he didn't grow up here.

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