There's no doubt that summer 2020 is going to be different than we once dreamed it would be. We’ll have to wave goodbye to exotic international trips and blissful weekend getaways—but who said we can’t make our minds travel? And watching classic summer movies might just be the best way to briefly escape reality and relax (while staying safe at home, to boot!). To help you get into a carefree, summer-y mood, we put together a list of the best summer movies to watch now. Can you hear the sound of the ocean yet?
'Call Me by Your Name'
Set in Lombardy, Italy during the summer of 1983, Call Me by Your Name is a coming-of-age movie about the romantic relationship between the 17-year-old Elio, portrayed by Timothée Chalamet, and Oliver (Armie Hammer), the 24-year-old doctoral assistant to Elio’s father. Featuring complicated dynamics of love and drama, the film is a whirlwind of emotions, and brings complex and intimate feelings to the surface.
'Little Miss Sunshine'
The Hoover family isn’t your typical family. The dysfunctional familiar group (featuring Steve Carell as the uncle) is set to hop on a Volkswagen bus and travel to California, where they’re to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) while she competes to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. With problems along the way and complex relationships between the characters, the film is a bittersweet comedy that's well worth watching.
'Weekend at Bernie’s'
If you’re a Friends fan, you’ll know this is the actual favorite movie of Rachel Green. Bernie, the rich boss of a company, invites four of his salesmen to spend the weekend at his luxurious beach house, and they’re ready to have some fun. Yet, all that glitters is not gold, and the weekend getaway is only Bernie’s excuse to have the salesmen killed, as they had previously uncovered a fraud perpetrated by himself. But obviously, not everything goes according to the plan. If you’re looking for some old-school bro-ey comedy, Weekend at Bernie’s won’t disappoint!
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are the stars of this romantic drama. Set in the 1940s in South Carolina, the film sees mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie fall helplessly in love. But when Noah leaves to fight in World War II, their relationship has to end. During Noah’s absence, Allie gets involved with another man, and accepts to marry him. But when Noah comes back right before Allie’s marriage, their passion lights up again and the mutual feelings of love become stronger than anything. With its rollercoaster of emotions, the film will surely get to your heart.
'Something’s Gotta Give'
Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a womanizer, but, alas, he’s getting older. He and his young girlfriend Marin decide to spend their weekend getaway at her family’s beach house, but when they get there, they realize that Marin’s mother Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) is planning to do the same. After a sudden heart attack, Harry is confined to rest in bed at the beach house, and starts seeing Erica in a new light.
Here we go again! Even if you’ve already seen this movie (which you definitely have), it’s always a good time to re-watch it—especially if you’re in the mood for all-things summer! Sophie, portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, is about to get married in Greece, where her mom Donna (Meryl Streep) is a hotelier, but Sophie can’t stand the idea of walking down the aisle alone. In the hopes of finding out who her father is, Sophie secretly invites to her wedding three men from Donna’s younger years—will her plan work?
On the 4th of July, the United States doesn't have any time for celebrations: The aliens are here, and they want to annihilate the human race and take over control. If you’re craving some sci-fi thriller, follow Will Smith and his group in an incredible effort to save the world from the invasion—you won’t be disappointed.
'500 Days of Summer'
When Summer (Zooey Deschanel) suddenly breaks up with Tom, his heart is completely broken. In an effort to figure out what went wrong and led them to break up, Tom thinks back to his relationship with Summer and the 500 days spent with her. Surprisingly, he comes to rediscover himself in a new light.
'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'
For the first time in forever, four best friends, Bridget, Carmen, Lena and Tibby are going separate ways for the summer. To keep their friendship alive, they decide to take turns and share a pair of jeans, which incredibly fits everyone. If their emotional connection was already strong, the jeans end up making it even stronger. Based on Ann Brashares' novel of the same name, the movie explores real friendship and strong girl characters.
James Brennan, a recent college grad, can’t wait to leave for his trip to Europe, which he has been planning and dreaming of for months. Yet, his enthusiasm quickly dampens when his parents inform him that they can’t financially support his trip. Sad and frustrated, James starts working at the local amusement park, but his happiness is restored when he falls in love with his colleague Em, portrayed by Kristen Stewart. Sweet and intelligent, Adventureland is a romantic feel-good movie you can’t miss.
The classics never get old. Dirty Dancing is a charming love story between Baby, who’s bound to spend the summer with her parents at a Catskills resort, and Johnny, the resort’s dance instructor and Baby’s new dance partner. Even though Baby’s father is against their relationship, Baby is committed to help Johnny perform the last important dance of the summer. Romantic but also fun, Dirty Dancing will definitely keep your eyes glued to the screen.
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