'Not even the BEST of friends go halfsies on a rubber.'
Oscy, Summer of 42
During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.
I have had 1971's Summer of '42 on my DVR since... well I think last summer. I originally thought of tying the film into my Last Gasp of Summer series, but after starting the movie, I turned off after just a few minutes. Prior to deleting it for good, I watched the rest last week.
Below: Grimes with director Robert Mulligan
I am glad I stuck with it, the film is beautifully shot and it had a few similar themes to one of my favorite films, Jodi Foster's Stealing Home. Jennifer O'Neill is beautiful, but not as interesting to me as Foster was, and it a bit odd Gary Grimes (Hermie) would be so drawn to her. That being said, Grimes is adorable and I loved his crush, especially the scene in which he was helping carry her groceries home.
I will keep my eye out on Class of 44, a 1973 sequel to Summer featuring Hermie and his two best friends. Grimes was a little older, but still as adorable, but from the little I read, not sure it held the beauty of the film that inspired it.
Grimes in Class of 44