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CastJohn Swasey, Michael Sinterniklaas, Mike McFarland, Todd Haberkorn, Brina Palencia, Maxey Whitehead, J. Michael Tatum, Shelley Calene-Black, Pam Dougherty, Lydia Mackay
DirectorMamoru Hosoda
Genre:  Romance, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Release Date:  1 August 2009 (Japan)
MPAA Rating:  PG
Screen WriterMamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera
Runtime:  114 min
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review by . June 10, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
An Ordinary Family Goes to Extraordinary Steps to Save The World From Technological Apocalypse!
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review by . March 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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  “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, …
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