In our family, summer is a time to accomplish some serious reading. Yes, its true that we read all year long (a lot) and that reading is at the center of all of our down-time. But in the summer, all that glorious free-time beckons us to read, and read, and read…by the pool, at the beach, on car trips, on rainy days, during half-time at soccer games and boring stretches of baseball games and any other free moment that we can find.
While reading is a major part of our summer, we realized last year that it is a solitary past-time, one that we can only share occasionally. So we instituted a Summer Family Movie Series: a list of summer-themed movies that we can watch together (some just the adults) to be entertained and spend time together. We went on a quest to make a list of all of the movies we could think of that take place during the summer, or that for some inexplicable reason seem “summery,” and decided we would watch as many as possible during the summer…whenever the familiar refrain of “there’s nothing to do” was moaned, we would go to the list and watch one.
Our goal is not to watch them all, but to see as many as possible each year and to save these titles for summer viewing only. We find that their designation as summer movies that we don’t watch otherwise during the year make them seem more special.
I thought I would post a list of our favorite summer movies on the blog, and I would welcome suggestions from readers about their favorites that we might have missed.
FOR ALL AGES
- The Parent Trap — both the original, which I love, and the Lindsay Lohan version, which my kids prefer.
- Earth to Echo
- The Sandlot
- Aliens in the Attic
- Charlotte’s Web
- Phineas and Ferb the Movie
- Camp Rock
- Teen Beach Party
- Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
- Cars and Cars 2
- Finding Nemo and Finding Dory
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008 version)
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012 version)
- Bedtime Stories
- Field of Dreams (this can be a bit boring for very young kids, but baseball lovers of all ages will enjoy it.)
- All of the feature-length Scooby Doo Movies. My husband and I loved the show as kids and my kids all love it now. We own many of these movies and they are on a heavy-rotation every summer. (Side note: Scooby Doo Camp Scare takes place in summer.) Some of our other favorites include: Scooby Doo and the Samurai Sword, Aloha Scooby Doo, Pirates Ahoy, Blue Falcon, and Big Top. A full list of these movies can be found here http://www.imdb.com/list/ls070492058/
FOR TEENS AND UP
- Super 8
- Forrest Gump
- Jaws — our teen is really into scary movies, this might not be a good fit for all teens. (Don’t be fooled by it’s PG rating, it was released before PG-13 designations were created.)
- Jurassic Park 1, 2, 3 and Jurassic World
- Indiana Jones 1-4 (our family favorite remains Raiders of the Lost Ark)
- Independence Day and Independence Day Resurgence
- Fever Pitch
- Pirates of the Caribbean (our favorite remains #1)
- A League of Their Own
FOR ADULTS (clearly some are more low-brow then others, but still watchable, some others which I watch alone because my husband refuses)
- Rear Window
- Endless Summer
- National Lampoons Vacation and European Vacation
- Before Sunrise
- Die Hard with Vengeance
- Dirty Dancing
- Point Break
- The Great Outdoors
- Summer Rental
- Weekend at Bernies
- 50 First Dates
- The Bird Cage
- Stand by Me
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Friday the 13th (and to a lesser degree, Sleep Away Camp)
- Thelma and Louise
- The Hangover and Bridemaids — these are not an official pairing, but they are both wild wedding comedies that we seem to watch back to back every summer… definitely not for kiddos!!