let's all go to the movies

Summer is winding down, but there is still plenty of time for some good ol' summer movie marathoning. Here's a list of my top 5 quintessential summer films.

(confession: I watched 3 of them yesterday.)


1. Obviously no summer movie list is complete without The Sandlot, a movie about friends playing in baseball and getting into trouble.

highlights inlcude: "you're killing me Smalls," s'mores, and Wendy Peppercorn

You'll love this movie even if you don't like baseball. ...unless you have no heart.

2. Now and Then follows the story of four 12-year-old girls who are trying to make their small-town summer a little more eventful. 

highlights: Devon Sawa when he was still a heartthrob, bike riding whilst singing, and water balloons filled with pudding

In my opinion, there's no need to wait for summer to watch Now and Then. (and 10-year old me definitely seconds this ...I was mildly obsessed. fine.)



3. Stand by Me is a story about friendship. And a search for a dead body. But mainly friendship. 

Highlights include: pretty much anything Vern says, the all-time train dodge, "two for flinching"

Be prepared with a box of kleenex.


4. In Moonrise Kingdom, a pair of quirky young lovers run away and a community of even quirkier characters tries to find them.   

Highlights include: Bill Murry, knee-high socks, kids dancing on the beach

Another Wes Anderson winner.  


5. Wet Hot American Summer takes place the last day of camp in 1981 as the camp counselors try for one last romantic conquest.

Highlights include: a trip into town, writing in a "gournal," a musical number from Godspell for the talent show

Only severely negligent parents would send their kids to this camp, but the camp staffers' general lack of concern for the children's welfare makes for an entertaining movie.