This 2012 movie is set in 1965 New England. Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is a 12 year old boy who has decided that he no longer wants to be a Khaki Scout. A year earlier, Sam had met Susy (Kara Hayward) a troubled girl. They become pen-pals and decide to run away together. All of the action of the story takes place three days before a hurricane threatens to hit the island they are on.
This is billed as a coming of age film but it also has subtle comic elements. The actors show little emotion in their characterizations, but this works for this type of film. In fact, when someone displays an emotion, it is usually anger which can surprise the viewer. One of the things that I found funny was when Susy’s mother (Frances McDermand) calls her children down for dinner, she uses a megaphone. I, personally, thought it was a great idea.
Susy’s father (Bill Murray) is a lawyer, like his wife, and their marriage is developing cracks because his wife is seeing the island sheriff (Bruce Willis). Edward Norton, who plays the Scoutmaster, is great as a man who thinks he has everything under control, but finds out otherwise. Tilda Swinton is excellent as the unnamed character “Social Services”.
The rest of the kids in the scout troop are also good and quirky. There is not much violence or foul language in the movie. The photography was very interesting and was well done considering that it only took about two months to film. I give this 4 out of 5 stars for the great story line and photography. Jared Gilman was nominated for a Young Actor award and even though the movie had a limited release it did very well.