Strawberry Summer

DVD Release: April 2, 2013
Strawberry Summer


High school music teacher Beth Landon (Julie Mond) puts herself on the line when she invites world-famous country singer Jason Keith (Trevor Donovan) to perform at her rural town’s Strawberry Festival. A one-hit wonder with a horrible rep for canceling shows and copping an attitude, Jason isn’t what Beth’s mother, Eileen (Shelley Long), considers a reliable musical act for the beloved festival, which she is proudly hosting with her good friend Ruth (Cindy Williams).

Beth, reigning as Strawberry Queen, attempts to stick up for her favorite singer, until she finally meets Jason face-to-face and it’s obvious it won’t be easy. But behind Jason’s rock star image, he’s hiding a secret about his past that could turn around his tanking career. Along with his manager Ray, Beth convinces Jason that the festival gig is a great way to revitalize his career and win back his audience appeal. As Jason spends more time with Beth, his attitude starts to fade as they each encourage the other to realize their deepest dreams as talented musicians.

Dove Review

This is an entertaining family movie with a wonderful theme about following your heart and your own dreams, not what others wish for you. Beth Landon (Julie Mond) is terrific as a high school music teacher and Fairland Strawberry Festival Queen. She manages to get big country singer/star Jason Keith to appear at the event as she is old friends with Jason’s manager. Beth loves his music, plays his CD in her car, and has no idea what she is in for. Jason has a real attitude and isn’t very cooperative.

Beth stands up to Jason, something he isn’t used to. She also learns why he is the way he is. He likes her spunk and opens up to Beth. There is a part of himself that he hasn’t revealed to anyone else, something he longs to do, but he confesses it to Beth. He in turn inspires her to pursue a forgotten dream. This film features an interesting story in addition to other fine actors like Julie Mond. Trevor Donovan is very good as the moody Jason and the cast features Shelley Long as Beth’s mother Eileen and Cindy Williams as her best friend Ruth.

The film features humorous scenes such as when Beth and Jason have to judge a strawberry food contest and the list includes strawberry bacon and strawberry spaghetti! This movie isn’t for the very young but we are pleased to award it our Dove Seal for all ages and five Doves, the best rating we can award a film. It includes an inspiring song titled “Taming the horse you could never ride”. See this one soon. It just might ignite your passion for your dream.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between a couple in a few scenes.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: A couple of drinking scenes in a bar featuring beer and wine.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: A character gets a rash and passes out from eating a certain food but he is okay; a character is rude to people but he changes; a character lies to her mother as she takes a career risk but she later confesses it and apologizes.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Director: Kevin Connor
Producer: Larry Levinson
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 86 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter