Snack Shack (2024)

by | Apr 4, 2024 | Comedy drama, 2020s, Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews | 0 comments

Summer Lovin’ Gone Wrong: A Look at Rehmeier’s “Snack Shack”


Release date: 15 March 2024 (USA)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Adam Rehmeier
Cinematographer: Jean-Philippe Bernier
Budget: $4.5 million USD
Box office: $455,708 thousand USD (as of 5 April 2024)


2 MIN Read Time


Sun-drenched days, carefree afternoons by the pool, and best friends chasing wild dreams—that’s the idyllic picture Adam Rehmeier paints in his new coming-of-age comedy, “Snack Shack.” While the film boasts a charming premise and a talented cast, it ultimately falls short of capturing the full flavour of a nostalgic summer adventure.

Let’s dive into the heart of the story. “Snack Shack” follows AJ and Moose, two inseparable buddies who seize the opportunity to run their local pool’s concession stand. Fueled by teenage ambition (and a healthy dose of hormones), they dream of transforming the ramshackle shack into a summer empire. However, their plans get a major shake-up when they meet Brooke, a captivating lifeguard who throws their friendship and their business aspirations into hilarious disarray.

Here’s a little-known fact: the film was shot entirely on location in Nebraska. This heartland setting adds a touch of authenticity to the story, and the cinematography beautifully captures the vastness of the summer sky and the lazy haze of a Midwestern afternoon. Think “Dazed and Confused” meets cornfields.

The cast is another highlight. Up-and-comer Gabriel Labelle brings a youthful charm to AJ, and Conor Sherry delivers a spot-on performance as the goofy yet endearing Moose. Their camaraderie feels genuine, and their banter is peppered with laugh-out-loud moments. However, the chemistry between them fizzles a bit when Brooke enters the scene. Played by Maeve Dermont, Brooke feels like a character from a different movie—a touch too cool and aloof for the film’s lighthearted tone.

So how did audiences react to “Snack Shack”? Reviews have been mixed. While some praised the film’s nostalgic vibes and the strong performances of the lead actors, others criticised the uneven plot and the underdeveloped romance. Box office numbers haven’t been stellar either, suggesting that audiences might be craving a more substantial summer flick.

Ultimately, “Snack Shack” feels like a missed opportunity. The film has all the ingredients for a delightful coming-of-age story: quirky characters, a relatable setting, and a dash of summer romance. But the script struggles to find its footing, leaving the jokes landing a little flat and the emotional stakes feeling unearned. While there are moments of genuine humour and camaraderie, “Snack Shack” doesn’t quite manage to capture the magic of summer or the complexities of teenage friendship.


My Rating: 4/10




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