Summer’s here, and it’s too hot to go out. Here are the films you need to watch to remind you of summer, as it should be
Ok, a film about a giant shark with a serious grudge, doesn’t exactly make you want to go to the beach, but it’s certainly a quintessential summer flick. Skinny dipping, yellow lilos, and terrible 70s swimming trunks, not to mention one very angry fish, make this one of the all-time summer greats.
The Great Outdoors:
John Candy and Dan Akroyd are at their 80s best in this family holiday romp. Chicago resident Chester "Chet" Ripley, his wife Connie, and their two sons Buck and Ben are on holiday at a lake resort in America when the rest of the family (the posh half) turn up unexpectedly. Yup, you guessed it, chaos ensues, as the two sides clash. Family fun at its best and reminiscent of many a summer holiday gone bad.
Stand By Me:
These boys coming of age film became an instant classic. Not least because of the all-star cast, from River Phoenix to Keifer Sutherland and Jerry O’Connell. Basically, four boys go into the woods to see a dead body and there’s a bit of bonding along the way. Not your average summer holiday off school, but it makes good viewing.
Take two pretty young sisters on holiday with their parents, one hunky dance instructor in the shape of Patrick Swayze, lots of tight clothes, and a rogue watermelon, and you’ve got one of the most popular summer films of all time. Well, for the girls anyway.
In our opinion, one of the most depressing films ever. I mean, who gets stung that many times? But before the bee attack, it’s a lovely summer holiday flick, with McCaulay Culkin at his cute child star best. If you haven’t seen it, shame on you.
The Parent Trap:
Cheesy but entertaining, and definitely a summer film classic, this is the story of twins who don't know they're twins. They meet at summer camp, have all sorts of japes, and the rest is history.
There are beaches left right and centre in this musical movie, so the summer theme’s undeniable. Throw in a bit of romance, and a stunning turn from Meryl Streep, not to mention Pierce Brosnan, and you’ve got a summery hit.
Ah, there’s nothing like a dip in the sea on a sunny day, and there’s certainly few more summery films than this little beauty with Darryl Hannah doing her best mermaid impression. Throw in a bit of Tom Hanks and some eighties fashion and you’ve got s summer classic on your hands.
It’s set on a beach, with lots of semi-clothed pretty people, led by cinema’s wonder boy Leonardo DiCaprio. And as if the bikini bodies weren’t enough, there’s a pretty meaty plotline running too.
Do The Right Thing:
Set on the hottest day of the year in Brooklyn New York, you don’t get much more summery than this. Set around a pizza delivery store, and the hip-hop heavy community surrounding it, this is a classic watch, summer or not.