Summer on the Shore
Following the death of her father Jenny Chambers (Kim Shaw) plans to spend the summer at the Jersey Shore where her family had vacationed often but with a plan of working at their favourite pizza place to help pay for college. But things don't go well as her car burns down, the pizza place is being demolished and she had no where to stay, fortunately Catch Turner (Paul Sorvino) who they befriended over many holidays is still there and helps Jenny out. On top of that she gets a job not just waiting tables but teaching the Russians sailors who illegally work there in the summer to speak English which isn't easy as they are not very co-operative, everyone except Benicio Aceveda (David Fumero) who takes a shine to Jenny.
"Greetings from the Shore" is the sort of movie which surprised me but only in the fact this wasn't made for TV. I say that because whilst the set up features these Russian sailors who are illegally working the drama which forms from this as Jenny has to deal with a local boy who tries to take advantage of her, falls for the handsome Benicio, makes new friends and has the kind Catch Turner keeping a watchful out for her and being the father figure. Even some drama such as high stakes gambling is nothing out of the new when you find this reminding you of other feel good TV movies. I suppose what that means is that maybe those who stay away from TV movies might find this a lot more charming than I did.
The thing is that whilst "Greetings from the Shore" was pleasant and charming it did benefit from the right casting. Kim Shaw is the epitome of college cute, the girl with a good heart trying to do the right thing and a little naive. David Fumero brings plenty of charm and smoothness as Benicio whilst Paul Sorvino has that almost grandpa quality which makes him the sort of guy you would seek out when you find yourself with things on your mind and you need some unbiased, sage advice. It is the warmth of the characters which draws you in, well that and some beautiful scenic shots of the shore.
What this all boils down to is that "Greetings from the Shore" is simply a pleasant movie with nice characters, some drama but nothing which fans of TV movies won't have seen before.