Summering is a coming-of-age drama from director James Ponsoldt. It follows four 11-year-old girls as they deal with the reality of leaving their childhood behind. They are all about to start middle school, and are confronted with the dreaded leap from youth to adulthood. Their fears about growing up and their friendships are real, but they also have the potential to be magical.

A day after discovering that a man’s body has been found in a suit in the woods, the girls decide to figure out what happened to him. Throughout the movie, they discuss the importance of their friendship, and how it can help them to navigate life’s challenges. One of the girls is a “Law and Order” fan, while another knows how to work her mother’s handgun.

The movie is rated PG-13, which means there is a bit of violence, including references to murder and cannibalism. Also, there are a few instances of profanity, but they are only a few. Nevertheless, this film is a tribute to the wonder months of childhood.

Summering’s story is one of a group of friends who are inseparable. They have been friends for years, but now they are about to embark on a new adventure. They are heading to different middle schools, and they are terrified about it. As they head out into the world, they must figure out if they can trust each other.

At times, this movie seems like a parody of Stand by Me. This is an understated film, but the pacing is uneven. Sometimes, the film’s characters are able to speak sweetly, but most of the time they’re just saying too much. In other words, they say what they think will help them, rather than what’s true. That’s not always a bad thing, but sometimes it takes away from the plot.

However, there are moments of great drama in Summering. Some of these scenes include a scene in which one of the girls finds a dead man in a thrift store suit. She tries to find out what happened to him, and the other girls are willing to tell her. But when she tries to call the police, her mother refuses to hear her out.

The movie also includes a seance. There’s also a lot of humor. Lia Barnett is the voice of one of the girls, and she does a good job of channeling her youthful exuberance. Another character is a boozed up police officer, and Lake Bell gets some meaty moments.

Despite its flaws, Summering does a good job at capturing the transition from childhood to adolescence. Those of us who were 11 when we watched Stranger Things will definitely relate to the film. While it doesn’t necessarily live up to the standards set by that popular show, it does a solid job of capturing the feelings of being a tween girl.

Overall, Summering is a promising character drama. Even so, its narrative fails to deliver the thrills and surprises audiences may have expected.