The Last Summer

Director: William Bindley
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 1.5

Before they head off in the Fall for college, several high school seniors hang around their hometown of Chicago and 'have transformative experiences': a musician starts dating a documentarian (except his father and her mother are having an affair too), the class 'stud' makes a list of dream 'conquests,' one young woman contemplates not going to college and her friend starts dating a baseball player (who turns out to be a scumbag), et cetera.  Not only does it try to juggle way too many narratives - American Graffiti and Diner it isn't - without doing much in terms of character development (just a lot of meet-cutes and guys who keep insisting they 'have to get laid') it also wears itself out to be 'in-the-know' and 'cool' ... although there is an absolutely knock-out storyline tucked in there involving two 'nerds' who start hanging out in bars, get mistaken for traders at the CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) and date women years older than them.  It's a moment of genuine wholesomeness in an otherwise uncreative project.