Summer can be a real bummer when there’s no water in sight, which is why it is also known as the most popular season for movie-going. What better way could there be to spend a scorching afternoon than in an air-conditioned theater with a bagful of popcorn? And don’t forget some of the more affordable alternatives such as Blockbuster, Netflix, and Redbox. To aid you in the continuous quest for cool, I have compiled the following list of absolute summer must-sees.
Summer would not be complete without watching this movie at least once. Released in the United States in 1975, this movie follows a terrified group of islanders as they try to hunt down the great white shark which has been stalking the waters. Although not exactly realistic, Jaws is definitely considered a great summer classic, and can be enjoyed by everyone, even if you spend the whole time laughing at the old school effects.
#9 Fast Five(see also The Fast and the Furious series)
Fast Five hit theaters in April of this year, catching every red-blooded American man’s attention with the hot combination of exotic Rio, fast cars, and high stakes. The story continues, after four previous movies, with a group of car thieves trying to pull of one final job before retiring in luxury. Rated PG-13, this movie is also acceptable to most audiences. Filled with action-packed explosions and high-speed chases in the sweltering heat of Rio de Janeiro, you’ll get all the excitement with none of the sweat if you watch this one.
#8 127 Hours
In the spirit of the summer stroll, this movie would be a great choice for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Based on a true story, 127 Hours follows a lone hiker through the canyons of Utah. Regardless of extensive survival skills, he finds himself hopelessly trapped in the wilderness facing the elements and possible death. Equal parts gruesome and fascinating, this movie is an intense reminder of the glories and dangers of nature.
#7 Dazed and Confused
Nothing says summer like the last day of school, which more than explains the presence of yet another classic on my list. Dazed and Confused is set on the last day of school in 1976, when every kid was buttoned into bell bottoms. This movie is the hilarious story of a summer which is just beginning, filled with good times and good friends.
Any season is appropriate for superheroes, at least in my book. Hancock puts an interesting spin on the traditional superhero, casting Will Smith as a run-down bum with exceptional powers, saving the city with a crappy attitude. When this heat is too much to tolerate, this combination of action and comedy will definitely keep you entertained.
Another family-oriented film, Rango is set in a remote desert populated with animated critters. When the cowardly lizard Rango stumbles into town, he makes friends for the first time in his life and gets tangled in the midst of a scheme to steal the town’s water. Fun for parents and kids alike, this movie will have you chuckling all the way home.
Summertime is filled with holidays which call for a cold beer, which instantly brings to mind Beerfest. A group of friends from America travel to compete in a top secret beer-guzzling competition against drinkers from several other nations. Guaranteed to keep you laughing, but beware the urge to get sloshed afterwards.
#3 The Beach
Okay, if you need an explanation as to why I included this movie in the top ten, please refer back to the title. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a inquisitive young man who stumbles upon a tropical paradise filled with marijuana. Removed from all laws, an alternative culture has blossomed amongst the islanders, but not all is well in paradise. Watch this movie and you’ll have the sun and the sand without the sunburn.
#2 Dirty Dancing
Considered by many to be the ultimate movie about the changes summer can bring. Released in 1987, Dirty Dancing chronicles the vacation of Baby, a young girl who falls in love with a dance instructor at a resort. If you’re in the mood for summer romance and fancy footwork, this would be a great choice.
My number one pick for summer is yet another film the whole family can enjoy. Rio is another animated movie about a goofy blue macaw whose owner lends him to science to repopulate Rio de Janeiro with more of his kind. Following this wacky avian adventure is sure to bring lots of laughs no matter how old you are