How awesome would it be if we could spend all three months of summer on a beach, somewhere far away from work or school? Pretty damn awesome if you ask me. Unfortunately, I’m not made of money (or airplane tickets – BOO), and if you’re reading this, chances are you aren’t either. So to make both of our summers a little more enjoyable, I complied a list of my favorite summery movies that I’ll be watching on repeat, watermelon in one hand and a fan in the other. Grab some lemonade and come join me!
The Last Song
Unruly New York teen Ronnie Miller is angered to learn that she and younger brother Jonah are being sent to stay with their father for the summer. The talented young pianist is already grappling with her mother over her refusal to attend the prestigious Juilliard music school, and is in no mood to spend the holidays away from her friends in a small Southern beach town.
Best watched: when you’re very much craving a summer romance, feeling lonely and unlucky in love, and wouldn’t mind a bit of a cry.
The Munros are a typically American dysfunctional family, complete with rebellious, uncommunicative offspring and baffled parents. Patriarch Bob would like to remedy the situation before his son and daughter instant-message their parents out of their lives. Bob rents a motor home to take the clan on vacation but soon finds that camping and togetherness can be hazardous to one’s health.
Best watched: with your family on a Sunday night, feeling you’re low-key sick of each other.
500 Days of Summer
Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true passions in life.
Best watched: if you want a myriad of well-filmed B-rolls, this film is for you. The storyline is also great (complete with a musical number). Don’t blame me when you fall in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The Parent Trap
Twins Annie and Hallie are strangers until happenstance unites them. The preteen girls’ divorced parents, Nick and Elizabeth, are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After meeting at camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they’ve missed. If the scheme works, it might just make the family whole again.
Best watched: on days you feel like eating Oreos with peanut butter.
High School Musical 2
It’s summer break and the kids of East High are out for some fun in the sun. Unfortunately, they are all broke and must get jobs in order to be able to afford to enjoy themselves. Troy thinks his problem is solved when he gets a job at Sharpay’s family resort, but doesn’t realise she has an ulterior motive for hiring him. Luckily, some of his fellow Wildcats have jobs there too.
Best watched: anytime. Trust me. In fact, you can bet on it bet on it beeeeetttt onnnn meeee! I’M NOT GONNA STOP, THAT’S WHO I AM! I’LL GIVE IT ALL I GOT, —
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Struggling musician Peter Bretter is better-known as the boyfriend of TV star Sarah Marshall. After she unceremoniously dumps him, he feels lost and alone but makes a last-ditch bid to get over it by going to Hawaii. However, she and her new boyfriend are there in the same hotel.
Best watched: when you really need a laugh! This movie is hilarious and I’ve watched it so many times. If you want that feeling on being on holiday in Hawaii without actually spending money on plane tickets, this is for you.
An 18-year-old girl is ecstatic when she finds out that her favourite rock star is a guest at the tropical resort where she is working for the summer. When they are both thrown overboard during a cruise and find themselves stranded on a remote beach, she fails to tell him the beach is just down the road from the resort.
Best watched: after binging She’s The Man and What A Girl Wants. This movie makes me wanna get marooned on an island with Zayn Malik.
Letters to Juliet
While visiting Verona, Italy, with her busy fiancé, a young woman named Sophie visits a wall where the heartbroken leave notes to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, Juliet Capulet. Finding one such letter from 1957, Sophie decides to write to its now elderly author, Claire. Inspired by Sophie’s actions, Claire sets out to find her long-lost lover, accompanied by her disapproving grandson and Sophie.
Best watched: when you’re feeling sentimental. Make some pasta and cozy up with this movie to vicariously travel Italy.
Two teenage girls discover that mermaids really do exist after a violent storm washes one ashore. The mermaid, a sassy creature named Aquamarine, is determined to prove to her father that real love exists, and enlists the girls’ help in winning the heart of a handsome lifeguard.
Best watched: if you miss your early teen years and want to watch a ridiculous but funny film about magic and friendship. This was my favorite film for years and I think I have most of it memorized. Highly recommend!
Charlie St. Cloud
Adored by his single mother and his little brother Sam, Charlie St. Cloud is an accomplished sailor and college-bound senior with a bright future ahead of him. When Sam dies in a terrible accident, Charlie’s dreams die with him. But, so strong is the brothers’ bond that, in the hour before each sunset, Charlie and Sam meet to play catch. The return of a former classmate leads Charlie to a difficult choice: remain stuck in the past, or let love lead him to the future.
Best watched: when you’ve finished HSM but aren’t done ogling at Zac Efron.