‘Low Tide’ Film Review: Coming-of-Age Tale About Buried Treasure Digs Up Promising Talent

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‘Low Tide’ Film Review: Coming-of-Age Tale About Buried Treasure Digs Up Promising Talent
First-time filmmaker Kevin McMullin drew on his own background to tell a Jersey Shore story in “Low Tide,” and the personal connection shows. His coming-of-age tale doesn’t break new ground, but it does set the stage for continued potential.

McMullin was heavily inspired by both the setting and stories of his childhood, and convincingly blends the mix of menace and adventure found in films like “The Goonies” and “Stand by Me.”

He’s set his own movie somewhere around the mid-1980s, near Point Pleasant, New Jersey. It’s summer, and we can see immediately the clash between the suspicious “townies” and the vacationing “Bennies.” Most resentful among the locals is Red, who is both a few years older and a whole lot angrier than the teens he leads in undercover acts of class warfare.

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