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Summer Wars

An animated movie directed by Mamoru Hosoda

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Impressive Visuals + Surprisingly Deep Characters = Better Than Your Average Anime

  • Mar 30, 2011


“Summer Wars” starts out like the worst kind of romantic comedy; a cute girl pays a nerdy guy to accompany her on a trip back home, and then shocks him by telling her family he’s her fiance.  You totally expect Jennifer Aniston to pop up somewhere.  But once it gets past this stupid excuse for a plotline, it becomes a really engaging movie.   Turns out her family is actually interesting; they’re the proud but penniless descendants of a Samurai line, and there’s plenty of inter-family dynamics, old crushes on cousins, and shallowly buried hatchets to make things interesting.  Twenty minutes in, and “Summer Wars” feels much more like a French family drama than the stupid American romcom it started out to be.

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Impressive Visuals + Surprisingly Deep Characters = Better Than Your Average Anime

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Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Genre: Romance, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 1 August 2009 (Japan)
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera
Runtime: 114 min
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