Thursday, July 9, 2009

Top 5: Movies for Summer Vacation

I obviously don't get summer vacation anymore and my life is all the worse for it. The worst part is I work very near one of the best beaches in the country (IMO) and every day I see tons of tourists and locals enjoying the sand and surf and sunshine and I become very jealous. But this post isn't about me and my irrational jealously. It's about me and the movies I'd watch, over and over again, on summer vacation.

1. Summer School - Dreamy Mark Harmon stars as Mr. Shoop, a gym teacher who's forced to teach summer school because the dbag principal is jealous of his hotness. Of course, summer school is usually full of either losers (see: this movie) or overachieving dorks who want to get lesser classes out of the way so they can take more AP classes during the year (see: my life). Anyway, the students don't want to learn so Mr. Shoop bribes them with favors (he teaches one girl to drive, let's some other degenerates throw a party at his awesome beach house, allows Allison from Melrose Place to crash at his place and start acting like a crazy girlfriend). I think you can see this movie is pretty much the best thing ever. And look at the poster! A dog! In sunglasses! It doesn't get better than that, kids.

2. Field of Dreams - If you haven't seen this, I'm pretty sure that makes you a terrorist.

3. IT/The Stand - These made-for-TV Stephen King miniseries were perfect because they took up most of the day and that's what summer vacation is all about. Spending as little time socializing and running around outside as possible. Amirite?!?!

4. Clue - This is one of my all time favorites. I enjoyed rewatching over and over again in an attempt to spot any inconsistencies between the three endings. I never found any.

5. JFK - Another movie which took up most of the day and another movie so full of detail it seemed there was always something new to discover. I may or may not have also had a serious thing for Kevin Costner. Ah, the follies of youth!

What about you? How did you spend your summer days back when you weren't stuck in an office, enduring the slow soul suck?


Liz said...

I recall watching a lot of The Goonies and Sally Jessie Raphael. However, since I grew up in a place where the sun only shone 2 months of the year, I actually DID go out and enjoy nature during the summer.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Holy shit, I'm a terrorist.

words...words...words... said...

I drew. And drew. And then drew some more. I don't really draw anymore though. I also read a lot of books. I don't do that so much anymore, either.

JFK is one of my favorite movies. The Stand and Field Of Dreams are awesome. Summer School has its moments (love the kid that spends all summer in the bathroom.) Clue. Clue? I suppose Lesley Ann Warren's breasts were spectacular.

BeckEye said...

1. No
2. Yes
3. Ehhhh, maybe The Stand*
4. No
5. No

*Only because I always had a thing for Corin Nemec, but they made him look all greasy and acne-ridden in that movie. But to make up for it, there's Rob Lowe and that hot brunette "New York" guy who had kind of a big role and then was never heard from again.

Malcolm said...

"Summer School" is one of the more underrated comedies of the 80s! One of my favorite lines is when Shoop says to the principal "I'll be darned, you're a heterosexual" and the principal replies "and a damned good one".

My pre-soul sucking summers were spent playing baseball, bike riding, skateboarding, playing video games, etc. If I wanted to stay cool, I'd go in the basement to watch cable TV.