There’s just something about watching movies in the summer that take place during the summer time. Here are some great summer themed movies to check out. These range in genres and years of release, so there’s something for everyone.
Director: Ari Aster
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren
Synopsis: A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown’s fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
The Way Way Back (2013)
Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Liam James, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell
Synopsis: Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.
Summer Rental (1985)
Director: Carl Reiner
Starring: John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn, Karen Austin
Synopsis: After air traffic controller Jack Chester loses a plane (it’s covered on his screen by a fly), he’s told to take a break. Jack books his family into a plush resort, but it turns out that their lodgings are in a hut by the beach, and that’s as good as the vacation gets.
Summer of 84 (2018)
Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Starring: Graham Verchere, Tiera Skovbye, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery
Synopsis: After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Director: Jim Gillespie
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Synopsis: Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Esther Garrel
Synopsis: In 1980s Italy, summer romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
Director: Greg Mottola
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr
Synopsis: In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a ‘nowhere’ job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
The Sandlot (1993)
Director: David Mickey Adams
Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur
Synopsis: In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
Director: Johannes Roberts
Starring: Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx
Synopsis: Two sisters diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.
What About Bob? (1991)
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Kathryn Erbe
Synopsis: A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.
Grown Ups (2010)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Salma Hayek
Synopsis: Five childhood friends take their families for a weekend trip to a lake house in their hometown, where they reunite to attend the funeral of their former high school basketball coach.
Great White (Out in theatres and on demand July 16, 2021)
Director: Martin Wilson
Starring: Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi
Synopsis: A fun filled flight to a remote atoll turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane is destroyed in a freak accident and they are trapped on a raft, 100 miles from shore with man-eating sharks lurking beneath the surface.
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