18-year-old Nathan Lee finds out he has brain cancer and asks his best friend Dash to document his remaining life which he vows to live with passion. STREAMS EXCLUSIVELY November 22 on AAM.tv
"LAST SUMMER OF NATHAN LEE catapults viewers into a whirlwind of emotions, brilliantly juxtaposing the exuberance of youth against the sad reality of mortality. Director/Co-Writer Quentin Lee weaves this poignant tale with a skill that avoids cliches, demanding audience engagement from the get-go and promising a tragically beautiful and resonantly hopeful journey. With a few minor hurdles in the road, the film still shines triumphantly as a story of one's worth."
Chris Jones, Overly Honestly Review
"Making a tender-hearted film about teenagers who haven't yet figured out what they want to accomplish before they die is bracing in its quiet and kind contemplation of life. Everyone will come to their own conclusion, and make their own decisions, of course. Last Summer of Nathan Lee offers no definitive answers, while creating a joyful, loving, and accepting environment to consider the rest of your life, however long (or short) that might be."
Peter Martin, ScreenAnarchy
"It would be a disservice to Last Summer of Nathan Lee to simply place it in the LGBTQ+ genre. It’s a teen drama with characters that are straight, gay, and somewhere in between. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re open-minded, this teen drama is worth checking out."
Alan Ng, Film Threat
"This is perhaps because LAST SUMMER OF NATHAN LEE offers a vision of the future, in the hands of optimistic youth, that is much more hopeful than many films would have us believe is possible."
Richard Alaniz, KPFK Film Club
"Directed by Hong Kong-born Canadian-American Quentin Lee, this movie is giving The Fault in Our Stars, but better. Highschooler Nathan Lee gets diagnosed with terminal brain cancer before he even turns 18. Wanting to experience the remainder of his life to the fullest, he marries his gay best friend Dash and freely experiments with love and sexuality."
Tatum Ancheta & Catharina Cheung, TimeOut
"What sets “Last Summer of Nathan Lee” apart is its sincere portrayal, a rarity in many coming-of-age films that often fall into clichés or feel disconnected from reality. Its fresh take is achieved through the confidence Lee places in his cast, the freedom to infuse their own values into their performances and mold their characters to life."
Lisa Wakiyama, Mochi Magazine
'Think “Porky’s” meets “The Breakfast Club.”'
Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The younger set shouldn’t miss director Quentin Lee’s observant, funny/sad YA entry. ...Lee and co-screenwriter Dennis Escobedo have a real gift at expressing how today’s teens talk and act, and how they are more sexually fluid."
Randy Myers, Mercury News
"Last Summer of Nathan Lee brings the sexy into Asian Am filmmaking"
Randall Yip, Asamnews
"Director Lee has taken a serious storyline about terminal illness and managed to make it palatable, often light-hearted, viewing. He keeps the script frothy which reflects how many 18-year-olds think and talk. This lightness means the film is more likely to appeal to younger audiences. This is also a tale of friendship and, in particular, those deep friendships we have in our youth. It’s an inspiring, sunlit story about dealing with an end-of-life prognosis."
Ris Fatah, QueerGuru
"Inspired by a real life incident from Lee’s high school years, the film follows the titular Nathan Lee, a teenager who finds out that he has brain cancer just before he turns 18, vows to live the remains of his life with passion and refuses to die a virgin."
Naman Ramachandran, Variety