White Water Summer (1987)

12 03 2009

Release RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
Year 1987
Nostalgia 75%
When To Watch Late summer, 8 PM
Coming Attractions None

White Water Summer was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up. What could be better than a movie about five guys camping in the woods? Nothing. Especially when they get wet and angry.

Let’s cut to the chase. An introverted Alan (Sean Astin) is hustled into going on a camping trip with mountain man Vic (Kevin Bacon) and three other not so introverted boys (that would be Matt Adler, KC Martel and Jonathan Ward).

Right from the get go Alan is the whipping boy. I could never tell if Vic is jealous of Alan or just plain psychotic. First he takes Alan’s knife away as punishment for carving his initials in a tree. Then he busts his balls over listening to the radio. Then he throws the fish Alan caught back into the river because he didn’t catch them “the right way”. Then
he leaves him hanging off a cliff challenging him to figure out how to get down all by himself.

At first the other boys enjoy busting on Alan right along with Vic but soon realize Vic is the one with the mental deficiency and the boys join forces together to rip Vic a new ass hole. One of the boys (the sexiest Matt Adler ever looked) ends up flinging Vic off the side of a cliff with a canoe paddle in a fit of rage. It’s up to Alan to save his life when the others just want to leave him to die as punishment for what he did to Alan.

White Water Summer is by no means a great movie. It’s sometimes boring, the pace is sometimes slow, there’s not enough action to make up for the lack of dialogue, and the overall flow of the movie is interrupted by segments of an adult Alan addressing the audience about his experiences with Vic. There’s some laughs, a great soundtrack, some awesome thunderstorm scenes and an attractive cast. Should you watch it on the regular? No. Should you own it? Yes.

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