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(First Run Features) aka Heisser Sommer. 1968. Musical. 91 minutes. German with English subtitles. Not rated. A group of ten males and eleven females converge on a Baltic Sea coastal town for a summer of work, fun, and a whole lot of singing and dancing. As you may expect, romances quickly blossom and enemies soon follow suit as one girl plays two male friends for her own selfish needs.
God, what a funny movie. I now feel so much more secure in my lack of musical talent and dancing abilities after watching these East German loons. Basically, just imagine those 1960’s beach blanket bingo movies made in stuffy 1968 Germany. The guys constantly huddle up to devise plans like a group of frat house bozos sharing one brain between them, and although vacationing on the Baltic Sea, the chickies wear more clothes than shy beachside nuns suffering from melanoma. As usual with all sixties teenage beach flics, there is the token male wearing a goofy, rebellious hat; just happens this goofy, rebellious hat wearing clown looks just like Pete Pasted from Boston Drunk Punkers Kermit’s Finger. Admittedly, it took me about five sitting to actually finish this movie, but all in all, I did find myself slightly entertained-in a corny way- by Hot Summer. – Denis Sheehan



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