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Review: Fidgety teen comedy ‘Summer '03’ suffers from adolescent attention span

Review: Fidgety teen comedy ‘Summer '03’ suffers from adolescent attention span

Despite its title, there’s little nostalgia in the early-aughts-set “Summer ‘03,” other than a few choice songs and the inclusion of the omnipresent Nokia cellphone (complete with the classic game Snake, of course). Written and directed by Becca Gleason in her feature debut, this is a standard teen comedy, bolstered by a strong lead performance by Joey King but hampered by an adolescent-like attention span.

Before she passes away, Dotty (June Squibb) gives her 16-year-old granddaughter Jamie (King) some unexpectedly frank words about getting more sexual experience. Jamie might be a little rebellious, but she chooses to follow her grandma’s advice, heading straight from the...

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