Summer of '42

Director: Robert Mulligan
Year Released: 1971
Rating: 2.0

One of those beatific recollections of lost virginity/innocence - during a time of lost innocence (World War II) - as a trio of boys experiment with girls (and Manhood) while on vacation. The conclusion is predictable and psychologically confounding, and I simply couldn't accept that a war widow would be so quick to bed an awkward 15-year-old the very day she's notified her spouse was killed in action (I gather it's supposed to be her way of 'coping' with the loss and needing human affection, but that doesn't make it any more convincing). The voice-over tells us this is all a part of the main character's memories, which makes sense, since memories, over time, tend to become distorted and hazy.