If you’ve been anywhere on the east coast, then it is likely that your summer has been a little rainy so far. So what to watch on those rainy days? Here are the best five summer movies:
5. The Graduate- The iconic film about a young man who has an affair with his older neighbor–whose daughter he has a thing for–captures that sour feeling of summer after college. The whole first half perfectly depicts that “Now, what?” feeling of life after college. Although many kids now may think Ben’s issues seem a little tame (his parents clearly have money, he’s getting laid, and at least he doesn’t have to pay loans), the film still accurately depicts the uncertainty of those early twenties. It’s also expertly directed and expertly acted.
4. Dirty Dancing- This dance classic, which most people have either seen or seen parodied, shows the juxtaposition between the summer your family thinks you’re having, and the summer you’re actually having. It takes summer love, and some sexy dancing, and places it in a vacation spot that is so stuffy, and then makes it stuffier by setting the film in the fifties. This effectively depicts how all young girls feel when they have summer love and societal expectations. Hence, its classic status.
3. Breaking Away- The story of a group of young men who aren’t going to college in a college town, Breaking Away makes you feel angry about the injustice of being young and ignored all over again. Also, it features an extremely young Dennis Quaid in some extremely tiny shorts. It has heart and laughs, and is just wacky enough to pull you into the lives of characters that are so ordinary, they are extraordinary. Go, Cutters!
2. Wet Hot American Summer- This movie is raunchy, and strange, and stranger than you initially thought when you first started watching it, and weirdly dark as well (cue drowning), but it is also completely worth the watch. It simultaneously spoofs the iconic summer comedies of the 80s, while also paying homage to them. It’s also apparent that everyone who made it was having a ton of fun. A star-studded cast of comedy gold, with too many to name here. Worth a watch if you’re nostalgic and a little bit twisted as well.
1. Jaws- The film that made you afraid you were going to get eaten by a shark, even when you were swimming in a pool has to make it to the top of the summer list. It’s on TV every summer the way It’s A Wonderful Life is on every Christmas. It is the summer film, and it actually might be better than you’re remembering. With the terrifying monologue on the boat, and the iconic shots, and the build-up to the shark, Spielberg created a careful film that is truly a must watch.