• Publication date: July 1, 2011

He was sentenced to build character, but found her Here On Earth: Facing The Realities Of Life

In a sleepy Massachusetts town near the Berkshires, Kelley is graduating from an exclusive prep school as valedictorian of his class.

In a sleepy Massachusetts town near the Berkshires, Kelley is graduating from an exclusive prep school as valedictorian of his class.

Out on a joyride in the Mercedes he got as a graduation gift, he struts into the local hangout, Mable's Table--frequented by public school kids but off-limits to preppies--flirts with the waitress, Samantha, and fights with her boyfriend, Jasper.

An ensuing drag race results in an accident that causes the diner to explode and burn down. As punishment, Kelley misses graduation and is sentenced by a judge to spend the summer in Putnam, renting a room from Jasper's family, rebuilding the diner, and, "building character."

But the only thing Kelley builds is a teenage hunger for Samantha, who is easily romanced away from Jasper. Kelley and Sam spend the summer exploring the woods and reciting their favorite poem, "Birches" by Robert Frost. From there, the story turns tragic.

Once there, he forges a bond with an underprivileged girl, Samantha, who is living with a terminal illness.

As the summer wanes and Kelley must confront the realities of life, he learns a valuable lesson that culminates in his valedictorian speech on graduation day.

This movie is rated PG-13 for some sensuality and thematic elements.

Year: 2000

Runtime: 96 mins

Genre: Drama/ Romance

Starring:

Leelee Sobieski

Chris Klein

Bruce Greenwood

Michael Rooker

Annette O'Toole

Stuart Wilson

Josh Hartnett

Annie Corley

Directed by: Mark Piznarski