Bourgeois, But No Bore

A wry British film examines life's rueful disappointments

It has all the elements of a cozy little domestic comedy: a young woman depressed by her impending marriage to a perfect twit; her mother tensely determined that the bourgeois niceties of the occasion will be punctiliously observed; his mother glumly sorry to inflict her son on anyone; and descending on them a worldly and eccentric woman -- Auntie Mame with a foreign accent -- eager to disrupt the ritual politesse of English suburban life.

But The Summer House isn't really a funny movie, though it is often wry, sometimes wise and generally genial. It is, more than anything, a rather...

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