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These movies are perfect for summer viewing

The famous promotional poster of the 1975 classic “Jaws” shows the killer great white shark that terrorized a Massachusetts beach town one summer. The Steven Spielberg film helped put him on the map as a director.

With summer in sight, this means there are only two places that will not be hotter than the Sahara desert: the pool, and the movie theater. 

Nowhere else captures that summer feeling quite like the movie theater. Here are the top five movies that might not be in the theaters anymore but will definitely make you think of summer. 


First on the list is a movie about change and how summer is the perfect time to get things done. 

“Superbad”, starring Seth Rogen, Michel Cera, and Christopher Mintz Plasse, is about three lifelong friends trying to get into one last high school party before graduation. This is the quintessential summer movie due to the low stakes, raunchy comedy, and the heartfelt ending.

“Superbad” is a great way to kick off your summer as it brings a feeling of nostalgia and warmth to the season. This movie is about how summer is always there and how in future summers, you might find yourself a different person than you were the summer before.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”

The second movie on this list is a modern classic. “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” is one that always reminds me of summer. 

You have all the components of a summer movie: a trip to the boardwalk, beach days, and the boredom we all experience at some point of our two-plus month vacation.

In addition to the beachy theme, the plot of this live-action movie is very funny as well. The film follows Greg Heffley, a middle school kid whose negative attitude combined with summer experiences creates a bunch of funny moments. 

 This is also a movie that you can get your whole family to see with you. “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” is definitely one to check out this summer.


The third movie on the list is an old one, but equally as good as the rest. “Grease”, released in 1978, is technically about the end of a summer and a group of students’ senior year. But  with songs so catchy about summer there is no way I could leave this off of the list. 

With an incredible cast including Oliva Newton-John, John Travolta and Kelly Ward, the movie is bound to make you feel like summer is here.

The movie’s beginning talks about summer romance and has an iconic ending where the two main characters fly away in a car to live happily ever after. This movie is a great way to spend a hot summer day.  

“Weekend At Bernie’s”

At spot number four, “Weekend At Bernie’s” is a great watch. When two fun-loving salesmen go on a beach trip and find their boss deceased, they are shocked but decide to not let that ruin their beach trip, so they host a party at his beach house with their dead boss in shades chillin’ on the couch.

This movie is hysterical and fun to watch with loved ones. From the situations the two main characters come across, to the beautiful setting of the beach in the film, you are bound to have a good time and get the feeling it’s summer.


Last but not least, pick five is “Jaws”, a super fun and scary movie to see on a warm summer night.

“Jaws” takes place in Amity, Mass., during a hot summer when a killer shark is attacking beachgoers. The film follows the small town’s police chief as he and others try to capture and kill the great white before it kills more civilians.

Released in 1975, “Jaws” is also one of director Steven Spielberg’s first major movies and helped put him on the map. Grossing more than $470 million, the film not only solidified Spielberg in Hollywood but it created a cultural phenomenon as well. 

Regardless of what movie you pick, any movie on this list is sure to make you laugh, or at least get out of the sun for more than an hour.


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Kk DeMello
Kk DeMello, Staff Writer
Kk DeMello is a junior who is in his second year as the best staff writer on The Californian. While DeMello isn't creating the most well crafted stories man has ever read he enjoys watching football on sundays, hanging out with friends, and occasionally saving the world. 

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