Best Summer-Vacation-Ish Movies

by Liz Heather in

There are few things better than a vacation movie (other than, like, taking a real vacation). But that can’t happen everyday. Here are the ones that I especially like to re-watch from time to time during the summer.

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall - it vaguely concerns me that Jason Segal isn’t more famous. I mean yeah he’s experienced a moderate amount of fame, but he’s way funnier than 90% of men more famous than him. I don’t get it. He was great on Freaks & Geeks and he’s the best part of this movie.

2. Weekend At Bernie’s - I always forget about this movie. It’s just a fun time. The premise remains one of the most original of all time, fight me.

3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona - the yellow tinge that engulfs this entire movie MIGHT be the sole reason it’s on this list. That and the idea of European threesomes.

4. Camp Cucamonga - look, this might only be on here because when I watch this, I feel 12 again. It was a made-for-TV movie that no one’s really ever heard of, but I loved it. I never went to a summer camp for an entire summer (I had parents who loved me?), so watching this felt like another reality to me. One that I could safely experience from the comforts of my living room.

5. Under The Tuscan Sun - I vow to find a way to slide this movie into every single list I ever make, it’s just that good of a movie.

6. Do The Right Thing - I really used to hate this movie because I found Spike Lee so obnoxious. I still do. That being said, this movie defines the hellishness of living in a city during the summer.

7. Jaws - I still watch this every few years around July 4th because it is still legitimately terrifying.

8. I Know What You Did Last Summer - I try to save this one for late August since that’s when it’s socially acceptable to start watching horror movies. That part where he’s crossing the street, chasing Sarah Michelle Gellar and she’s trying to get into the locked store gets me every time. SO TENSE.

9. Sleepaway Camp - I almost don’t want to say too much about this one. It’s perfect. In every way. Even if you hate horror movies, this one is so accessible and good, I implore you to watch it.

10. Little Giants - I feel like this is what The Sandlot was trying to achieve, but didn’t. It’s a pure as hell movie about misfit kids finding acceptance. And honestly, Rick Moranis has never attached himself to anything that wasn’t great.

Of course there are more that I could add to the list, but these are my absolute favourites.

Let us continue on with this disgusting season!