Greetings from the Shore (2007)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Still reeling from the death of her father, a young girl spends one last summer at the Jersey Shore before heading off to college. But when her plans fall apart, the girl stumbles into a ... See full summary »

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6.2/10
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  • Jenny Chambers (Kim Shaw) takes a sunrise jog at the Jersey Shore.
  • Jenny Chambers (Kim Shaw) tracks down her father's old friend, Catch Turner (Paul Sorvino).
  • Flip Dooley (Andrew Shaifer) tells Jenny (Kim Shaw) that it's time to shape up or ship out.
  • The Commodore (Jay O. Sanders) surveys the lay of the land at the Lavallette Yacht Club.
  • The foreigners (Lars Arentz-Hansen, David Fumero, Gideon Emery and Ron Geren) have their own agenda at the Jersey Shore.
  • Benicio Aceveda (David Fumero) reveals there's more to the foreigners than meets the eye.

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14 January 2008 | kellyq12
7
| Great Lead Actress & Strong Moments throughout – Overall, the story is just okay
The lead actress (Kim Shaw) in this movie is fantastic. She is a sweet character who has vulnerability and strength. The setting of this film on the Jersey shore at resort/restaurant gives a feel to it like "Dirty Dancing." The cast is rounded out with other memorable characters – Paul Sorvino for example, as well as the manager at the restaurant (good comic relief!)

There are really nice moments throughout this film and the build-up of the movie's romance is good. Mid-way through the film though, it starts to lag. It feels like the stakes could be higher – either on the romance-end or in the conflict that is felt between the workers and the rich "frat boys" or in the main character's grief over the loss of her father (which gets lost in the story). It's lacking that "compelling something" to pull me into the next scene and next. I needed something more to make me feel like I NEED to know what is coming next.

It is worth noting that the movie finishes on a strong note with a "showdown" of sorts.

The locations, directing, acting, and cinematography are all strong. The story could have been stronger. Cutting out some of the middle scenes and/or trimming them down would speed up the pacing and improve this movie in my opinion.

I feel like this movie is a 6, or maybe a 7 out of 10. Since it is an indie film, I rounded up to a 7 (since it is hard to make a good movie with less money). If you like romances that aren't formulaic romantic-comedies, this is a nice coming-of-age one.

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