Palm July 26, 2020, Dallas, Texas. by Stacey Ramirez

Movies to Help it Feel Like Summer

By Stacey Ramirez
Web Content Contributor

Movies have always served as a form of escapism. They have a way of taking us places we can only imagine. Now more than ever, we are relying on movies to keep us distracted this summer. This might not be the summer we expected, but the next best thing to do is live through a movie about summer.

Mamma Mia!

If you ever had the urge to run away to Grease, Mamma Mia! is the movie for you. I can’t think of anything better than a summer on the Greek coast singing along to ABBA’s greatest hits. 

Mamma Mia! stars Meryl Streep as a hotel owner who is welcoming her daughter back on the island to celebrate her wedding. But when her daughter Sophie wants to invite her father that she’s never met, she ends up inviting the three men she suspects could be her real father. Now her mother Donna has to revisit her romantic past.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Real friendships are tested during the summer. It’s when you see who makes an effort to reach out when you’re not seeing them every day. But for these friends, Bridget, Lena, Camren, and Tibby who are spending the summer apart, the only thing keeping them together is a pair of pants that magically fit each girl. 

Lena spends the summer discovering her roots in Greece, Bridget falls in love at soccer camp in Mexico, Carmen visits her father and his new family in South Carolina for the first time since the divorce and Tibby stays home and learns to make the best of the summer.

Dirty Dancing 

Spending the summer in a cabin with your family might not seem like the perfect way to spend but for Baby, it was just what she needs. Baby, played by Jennifer Grey, is spending the summer with her family in an upscale resort. Her parents still see her as a shy innocent girl, but she wants more out of life. 

That’s when she befriends the resort staff, including incredibly talented dancer instructor Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze. They partner up for a dance competition and Baby begins to break out of her shell.

The Parent Trap

I think we can all agree that this film made us all hope we had a secret twin. This movie is about two twin girls who meet at camp one summer. When they meet, they notice that they don’t just look similar but that their actually twin sisters separated at birth. 

Curious to see how the other lives and what life with the parent they never had is like, they switch places and spend summer in each other’s shoes to try and rekindle their parent’s marriage.

Call Me by Your Name 

This film stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer and takes place during the summer of 1983 in Lombardy, Italy. Elio Perlman meets his father’s intern, doctoral student Oliver. The two spend the summer together exploring the Italian countryside only to find themselves sharing a strong attraction for each other.

The Sandlot

Some of our best summer memories probably took place when we were kids. That’s why The Sandlot is the perfect film to remember what summer felt like. When a new kid named Scotty Smalls moves into the neighborhood, he has trouble making new friends until he starts to hang out with the neighborhood kids to play baseball. 

They spend the summer having random adventures around the neighborhood and trying to recover Scotty’s stepdad autographed baseball.

Featured image by Stacey Ramirez.

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