Top 7 “Summer” Movies of All Time, a Mr. E Movie Countdown.
Alright boys and girls here we go again with another special Mr. E Countdown list.
Now, I know by first appearances you might’ve thought this list was going to talk about the same old popular Summer “blockbusters” we’ve all seen a hundred times. No, that list would consist of too many over marketed movies and have no real “discovery” value.
Instead, in this list, I’m going to breakdown 7 of my favorite Summer “themed” movies starting with my 7th pick…
7. Summer Rental
John Candy stars as Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, who takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to regain his pride and family’s respect.
This movie is hilariously entertaining and a classic family comedy that has stood up to the test of time. You might have a hard time finding this one but when you do you’ve got gold!
6. Summer School
Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley star in this classic comedy about a high-school gym teacher who has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach an English class for misfits and goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching and fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires some.
When looking for elements in a film Summer School delivers tons. The development of the characters from slackers to self discovery is perfect. Oh, and check out the tiny shorts and huge headphones they use to wear when they would roller skate along the beach!
5. Point Break
Keanu Reeves stars in this action-filled picture about an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers lead by Patrick Swayze and his daring gang of radical surfers.
Where to begin? This groundbreaking film, in all honesty, is so good that its actually where a little franchise named The Fast and The Furious got its roots!
4. The Sandlot
When Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood all he wants to do is fit in and learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Benjamin “Benny” Rodriguez takes Smalls under his wing where he soon becomes part of the neighborhood baseball click . Before they know it they begin to fall into all sorts of adventures involving baseball, tree house sleep-ins, the cute lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the traveling fair. Culminating when beyond the fence of the sandlot lies the menacing and legendary ball-eating dog that’s been nicknamed “The Beast“ that the guys inevitably must deal with.
If you want a reason to remember your youth or fall in love with baseball this movie is your chance. I suggest you find a copy of this where ever you can and then gather the kids up with a couple of bags of popcorn and enjoy a classic.
Favorite lines from the movie:
Squints: Where did your old man get that ball?
Smalls: I don’t know. Some lady gave it to him. She even signed her name on it… Ruth. Baby Ruth.
All: BABE RUTH?
Timmy: Smalls, you mean to tell me you went home, swiped a ball that was signed by BABE RUTH, brought it out here and actually played with it?
Tommy: And actually played with it?
3. Stand By Me
Schools out, its summer time, you and your best buds Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and a fat Jerry O’Connell need a plan. How about taking a once in a lifetime journey to find the body of a missing boy?
Yep, that’s the premise for the classic 1986 coming of age film Stand by Me.
This pick is based on good old fashioned storytelling. Actually most of the movie is narrated by Richard Dreyfuss who is a writer recounting his actual journey that him and his friends made as boys.
I challenge anyone who hasn’t see this to watch it and not fall in love with the adventurous and emotional roller coaster you’ll experience.
Oh, and you’ll never think of a pie eating contest in the same way again!
2. Dazed N’ Confused
OK this one is not for the kids. This one is for all those who have already gone through high school and sometimes think back to how it use to be. Dazed N’ Confused does just that! All while being loaded with hot young actors like Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Jason London, Cole Hauser, and Parker Posey.
The basic plot breaks down like this…
Its about “The miscellaneous pot, sex, and beer filled adventures that the new high school seniors and the incoming freshman class experience on the last day of school, in May of 1976.”
I have never been at a loss for words when it comes to recommending a film but this one’s got me fumbling to get it right. I mean I seriously love it! I have watched it so many times I could probably rival the amount of times some of you have watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show or even The Wizard of Oz!
So, just this once I’m gonna give it to you in three words: “Buy this movie.”
A list of Summer themed movies would not be complete without the oldest movie on my list and my number one pick. This movie actually scared a whole generation out of the water and spawned countless copycats including 2010’s Piranha 3-D!
Jaws is a gigantic great white shark that begins to menace the small island community of Amity. The police chief, played by Roy Scheider, a marine scientist, played by legendary actor Richard Dreyfuss, and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it before anymore kids are killed including the chief‘s.
The film’s look might feel a little dated and old (it is from 1975) but the anxiety and jumps you’ll experience will be fresh every time. Pop this one in right before you head to the beach or lake and your sure to be thinking about it your whole trip. I guarantee it!