The 2015 Classic Summer Movie List

Alright, Towson, we’re down to the home stretch. Just a few finals and we are free for the next three months! If you’re graduating, well, you’re just free! You can do it, we’re almost there! All this excitement calls for classic summer movies! Movies that speak to our generation, so sorry but “Grease” and “Jaws” did not make this list.

“Wet Hot American Summer” (2001)

If you ever went to sleepaway camp, this movie definitely speaks to you! “Wet Hot American Summer” takes place on the last day of a summer camp in 1981, which means the counselors have one more day of “summer fun” with each other. Oh boy, NSFW! By the way, Netflix is making a prequel series about this movie!

“I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1997)

It’s not as good as “Scream,” but this summer slasher depicts how scary things could turn in one moment. On July 4, four teens get involved in an accident with a pedestrian and decided to cover it up. One year later, the pedestrian’s corpse comes back for revenge. Turn off the lights for this one.

“National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983)

Ah yes, the classic road trip gone wrong movie. One of the greatest summer movies of all time, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” finds family man Clark Griswold driving his wife and kids cross-country to the Walley World theme park. Of course, when Clark makes a plan, something ALWAYS goes wrong!

“Recess: School’s Out” (2001)

Do I even have to explain this one?! T.J. Detweiler and the crew are trying to save summer, the longest recess of all, from being destroyed by an evil former principal! This was a tape that deserved to be in your VCR every summer.

“The Sandlot” (1993)

“You’re killing me, Smalls!” This movie WAS summer for a kid. New kid on the block, Scottie Smalls, learns to play baseball with a new group of friends and so many funny adventures follow their pick-up games. My favorite part: Squints and Wendy Peffercorn at the pool. I bet someone here tried this stunt as a kid.

“The Little Rascals” (1994)

If you don’t know this movie, we can’t be friends. Mischievous boys in an anti-girl club, led by Spanky, pick their best boy Alfalfa to race in a go-kart derby. But Alfalfa has gone AWOL and decided to find love in a girl. Solution: sabotage the relationship!

“Do The Right Thing” (1989)

“Do The Right Thing” is known as one of the best movies of all time. An Oscar nominated Spike Lee joint about racial tensions in a very hot Brooklyn neighborhood. It has funny parts, but at heart it’s a social commentary with a tragic ending. With everything happening in Baltimore, this is the perfect time to watch this.

“A Goofy Movie” (1995)

Throwback! All goofy wanted to do was spend quality time with his son on a fishing trip. His son, Max, wanted to take the gorgeous Roxanne to a party to watch the Powerline concert. This will be one goofy vacation. *Insert Goofy’s laugh here*

“Independence Day” (1996)

Aliens come to attack the Earth over the 4th of July weekend and it’s up to Will Smith, an MIT graduate and the President to save the planet from mass extinction! Yes, please!

“Adventureland” (2009)

Here’s one for those working over the summer. Jesse Eisenberg plays a college grad forced to work at an amusement park over the summer and starts to fall in love with a co-worker played by Kristin Stewart. If you liked “Superbad,” you’ll like “Adventureland”

Have a spectacular summer Tigers!

-Jared M. Swain

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