10 summer movies to binge watch – Part 1

School’s out for summer – and in the weeks before you move onto summer classes or your internship, you’re probably looking for a way to kill some time. If your plan is to kick back on the couch and relax with a cold beer, there’s no better way to spend a few days than binge watching movies to get you in the summer spirit. Below are some of our top picks – all of which are available through BIGWORDS.

Summer Catch

Once upon a time, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jessica Biel were actors famous for actually making movies, not for being married to much more famous people. Shocking, Summer Catch never garnered an Oscar, but it’s a lighthearted, entertaining romcom packed with baseball, beaches and bathing suits – all things that make summer the most magical season of the year.

The Sandlot

Remember when you were a kid and no one expected you to do anything all summer except for get out of the house? The Sandlot – a true classic – captures this time through the eyes of a ragtag group of kids who spend each day on a dilapidated baseball diamond, playing games and telling urban legends.

Do the Right Thing

Unlike most of the movies on our list – which are merely entertaining – Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is a legit classic. Set on a hot day in Brooklyn, the film follows a group of people and business owners as tensions rise in the neighborhood throughout the day. When it was released, the movie was highly controversial for its themes of violence, race and oppression.

Adventureland

This quirky film staring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds is set at an amusement park that’s basically every kid’s last choice for a summer job. Surprisingly, the film is a pretty good coming-of-age story and will make you grateful that you get to work in an air conditioned office.

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

Awesome 90s fashion, complete with lots of shoulder pads? Check. Totally unrealistic plot line about a bunch of teenagers and kids on their own for the summer after a hired nanny kicks the bucket? Check. Valuable lessons learned about responsibility and accountability? Check.

Wet Hot American Summer

Set at a summer camp in 1981, this cult classic features an eclectic group of characters who are all basically trying to hook up with each other. Picture the last fraternity part you attended, set it in the woods and picture everyone in dated clothes. It’s kinda like that, but funnier.

Now and Then

When we’re young, we’re constantly experiencing new aspects of life that shape us – and we’re often going through much of this growth along with our friends. This film not only chronicles the adventures of four girls experiencing a critical period of their lives together, but also checks in with them later in life to see how they’ve evolved as both individuals and friends.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

In the late-90s, slasher films were all the rage and Jennifer Love Hewitt was the girl every teenage female wanted to be – and that every high school guy wanted to date. But 21st century standards, this movie is more laughable and predictable than it is terrifying, but it’s still entertaining, nonetheless.

Dirty Dancing

Remember that family vacation you took, where you crushed hard on one of the guys on staff at the resort? We’re guessing it didn’t end with you dancing on stage with Patrick Swayze in front of a room full of old people. But we can’t all be lucky enough to be Frances Houseman.

Randi Whitcomb

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