Summer is one of only two seasons in the Philippines. So unlike people from places with more exciting climates, we don’t really do a lot this time of the year. Being sweaty and sticky and irritable just dampens the excitement.
Some of us get lucky enough to be able to drive/fly/ride a boat to a nice beach, get wasted, meet an interesting person, get heartbroken, get wasted, and then return a better person. But most of us spend much of the two-month break comfortably nestled in our parents’ living room couch, taking advantage of their TV.
We feel for you, young millennials. So, we made a list of our favorite summer movies (in terms of theme, or setting, or just the coming-of-age feels) for you to live vicariously through.
Basically, Nick’s a virgin and he wants Sheeni to deflower him but he’s too shy and things get too complicated so he creates an alter ego, François Dillinger, to help him achieve his goal, but chaos ensues.
And yep, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in one highly underrated film.
Like many items in this list, this one’s worth watching again (I’ve seen it more times than I’m willing to admit). And the soundtrack—featuring bands like Vampire Weekend, The Real Tuesday Weld and Band of Horses—will be well worth your precious iPod space.
Like anything with Andy Samberg in it, this feels like an extended SNL Short. But this one’s a strangely normal, wonderfully absurd story of family and friendship, and getting the girl of your dreams.
It’s the type of film children would watch on loop from breakfast till bedtime till they’ve memorized all the lines because it’s full of good vibes and eagle powers. It’s so good that it’ll make you forget that you’re wasting your summer vacation watching too many movies.
The film follows Duncan’s suffering and his effort (and luck) to find the kind of love you get from finding a “family” in an unexpected place.
Watching this now and seeing a younger Philip Seymour Hoffman just a couple of months after he died IRL makes the film a little more heartbreaking and sentimental.
This Paolo Sorrentino film premiered in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. And like most of Sorrentino’s lead characters, Cheyenne (Penn), at first comes off–white face, eyeliner, red lipstick and all–as an uncompromising, voluntary has-been. But life happens and he is forced to do things he would never have done.
And then there’s the Talking Heads theme song “This Must Be the Place,” which is all about resisting someone’s notion of home, when it’s where they’ve been all along.
Hi yo I got plenty of time/ Hi yo you got light in your eyes/ And you’re standing here beside me/ I love the passing of time/ Never for money/ Always for love/ Cover up say goodnight…say goodnight
What are your favorite summer movies? Post the Youtube links and your feels in the Comments Section.