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Snack Shack, (2024) - Diving into Delight: A Poolside Tale

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)

Released 03-15-2024

Watched 04-12-2024

Reviewed 04-16-2024

Rented on iTunes

"We don't say goodbye.. just see you later."

"Snack Shack" takes viewers on a journey back to the summer of 1991, where the sun beats down on a community pool in Nebraska City, setting the stage for a tale of teenage friendship and the trials of adolescence. Conor Sherry and Gabriel LaBelle shine as A.J. and Moose, two friends navigating the complexities of young love and entrepreneurial ambition. Their performances bring authenticity to the screen, capturing the essence of teenage camaraderie with humor and heart.

Director Adam Carter Rehmeier draws from his own childhood experiences, infusing the film with a sense of nostalgia that resonates throughout. However, "Snack Shack" doesn't immediately hit its stride. The initial pacing is slow, taking time to establish the characters and their world. For some viewers, this slow burn may test patience, but for those willing to invest, the payoff is worth it.

As the story unfolds, the film finds its rhythm, delivering a second half filled with laughter, drama, and heartfelt moments. Mika Abdalla's portrayal of Brooke adds depth to the narrative, injecting a dose of romance and intrigue into A.J. and Moose's summer escapades.

While the plot may not break new ground, the strength of "Snack Shack" lies in its characters and their relationships. A.J. and Moose's friendship is put to the test as they navigate budding romance, parental expectations, and the challenges of running a business. Nick Robinson's portrayal of Shane Workman, A.J.'s older confidant, provides a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of youth and the importance of cherishing the moments we have.

Ultimately, "Snack Shack" is a film about growing up, finding oneself, and the bonds that hold us together. Despite its slow start, it's a journey worth taking, offering a mix of nostalgia, humor, and heartwarming moments along the way. While it may not be a groundbreaking masterpiece, it's a solid choice for an evening of entertainment, earning a respectable three-star rating and a recommendation for those in search of a middle-of-the-road comedy with a touch of coming-of-age charm.

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