Set in Cape Cod in 1991, Hot Summer Nights captures the languor of a wealthy vacation town with a druggy underbelly. Chalamet's unassuming character, Daniel, soon becomes a part of that scene after being sent there to summer with his aunt. There, he meets Hunter Strawberry (Alex Roe), a cool, dangerous, drug-dealing older kid whose reputation apparently warrants one of those Mean Girls-style faux talking heads. "I heard he killed a man," several kids say. Hunter recruits the sweet-faced, brainy Daniel for his booming weed business. Meanwhile, Daniel falls for Hunter's beautiful sister McKayla (Maika Monroe); she's technically off limits but Daniel's raging hormones make it impossible to follow bro code.
The flirty pursuit is fun, but the film takes a chaotic turn when the criminal activity catches the attention of another drug dealer (Emory Cohen). Suddenly, the movie wants to be Goodfellas: The Teen Years. Bynum also makes a lot of corny choices -- jump cuts to mirror drug-addled paranoia, saccharine needle drops and inserts of photos that force-feed you nostalgia.