I’ll be honest. My favourite summer-themed films of all time do lean on the cheesy side, but isn’t summer all about guilty pleasures? While some would rather spend their time loading up on calories from cheesy chili dogs, a cheesy movie can be just as satisfying. (Actually, both at the same time sound even better…) It’s not to late to get a little silly with these films before summer’s over.
5) Beach Blanket Bingo
Hahaha! Haha! This film is hilarious because it’s so ridiculously corny. Honestly, if you’re looking for a good laugh to send your summer off then this is it. As if the hairstyles, outfits and dance moves weren’t enough alone to do it, the close-up shots of butts shakin’ it are just hilarious. Jokes are lame, the story is pretty pointless and it’s all about good, clean fun. It’s far from the way you expect a film about 20-something-year-olds kicking it at the beach to be nowadays but in the 60s, it was all about Frankie and Annette and their silly singing and frolicking on the beach. Now, it’s comedy for a whole different reason.
4) Camp Nowhere
Do not tell me that I’m not fourteen anymore; I do not care. I don’t know a single kid that wouldn’t have dreamed of a summer like the one in Camp Nowhere: no parents, dozens of friends and very deep pocket change. What more could you have asked for? It’s also impossible that there would be so many oblivious parents out there, but that’s just part of the charm. For those who haven’t seen this fantasy-of-a-film, kids tricked their parents into going away to supposed “fat camps” and “computer camps,” led by Mud (Jonathan Jackson) and Dennis Van Welker (an all too fitting Christopher Lloyd), who they’ve blackmailed into supporting their shenanigans. Come on, don’t tell me you still wouldn’t go if you had the chance.
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OK, number one reason to see Caddyshack is the “poo” in the pool. Seriously. It’s become one of the most brilliant, fool-proof pranks ever. Aside from that, it’s got a roster of iconic comedians: Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Ted Knight. For me though, it’s all about Chase. He plays the overconfident Ty Webb, one of the co-founders of the Bushwood Country Club where Danny (Michael O’Keefe) is caddying all summer to save up for college in the fall. Ty’s subtle moves are hilarious, even after re-watches. He’s like an insane man trapped in the body of a golf-garbed sane dude.
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2) National Lampoon’s Vacation
Evidently, I’m a Chevy Chase fan, and Vacation is just one of his funniest of all time. Clark Griswold (Chase) has decided to take his family on a summer vacation to Walley World and will stop at nothing to get there. And make it on the rides. That includes trudging across the country in one of the most hideous cars ever, visiting Ellen’s (Beverly D’Angelo) cousin’s crazy family, getting stranded in the desert and ever-so-respectfully disposing of Aunt Edna’s body when she passes away in the midst of the trip. It’s an awesome, crazy mess.
1) Now and Then
Summer is really about spending time with people you have a good time with and who better than your best friends. This film is so underrated. A 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is just sad. But then again, most critics were older men, not little girls. The film about four lifelong friends taking a look back on the summer they began to grow up. Now and Then has so much heart it just makes me feel mushy gushy inside. It’s all about friendship, sticking up for each other and having someone to confide in. It’s also a much lighter and more realistic take on that messy adolescent stage in life that so many films tend to either mock or over-dramatize. Not to mention, the late 60s soundtrack is also super groovy.
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