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'Summer Of 42 (1971)' Movie Review: The wonder of it all

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Summer of 42


Hermie, Oscy, Benje (Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant) are three youths spending their summer on Nantucket island. These three think of nothing but girls. They spend most of their time on the beach looking at girls. One day a soldier and his bride are seen going into one of the cottages. Hermie can't get his mind off the bride. He thinks she is simply beautiful. One day he sees her husband leaving the Island.

Hermie, sees the young bride carrying a bunch of grocery bags into the house by herself. He goes over to help bring the bags in. They strike up a conversation and he learns her name is Dorothy (Jennifer O'Neill). He tells her if she would like he would come by from time to time and help with any chores. She says okay and he leaves.

Now these boys are geared for one thing and that is to lose their virginity. They discover a book that almost ensures that will take place if you follow the directions. They try it out at the movies when they pick up three high school girls. They get to make out but that is about it.

Now the three boys set it up for the girls to come over for a marshmallow roast on the beach. Hermie thinking he is going to get some goes to the drugstore and rather comically buys some condoms.

The next day Hermie has been helping Dorothy move some boxes and then heads home to get dressed. He heads back to the cottage because he has found out that her husband is in England and he wants to make it with her. He really doesn't know what to do when he gets there but he notices it is very quiet. A bottle of whiskey is on the table and a letter from the service is there also. Her husband was shot down over France and has died. The two slowly dance together but you have to watch the rest of the movie to see if Hermie loses his virginity to 22 year old Dorothy.

This is a story of young love and it is one of the best in the last 100 years. Director Robert Mulligan has done such a wonderful job with this film. It is one of the best coming of age movies ever done and is worth the watch. Enjoy.


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