Set in a Southern California beach community during the summer of 1978, James Slocum's poignant and amusing debut feature bears an obvious resemblance to Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer
, the classic coming-of-age tale set along the banks of the Mississippi River during the 1850s.
Fourteen-year-old Tom Travis (Michael Landes) is a typical all-American boy of the 1970s, not above getting into some mischief, but a splendid kid at heart. Tom comes from the affluent and very conservative Chicago suburb of Wilmette. With Tom in the custody of his mother during a bitter divorce
battle, she decides that Tom will be much better off in Southern California where her sister...