Not everyone has the luxury of spending lockdown in a garden and even those who do have the luxury of a garden, don’t always want to sit in it. Considering what a delight April and May have been for the UK, we could be in store for one long hot summer. Then again, this is the UK we’re talking about and us natives have long since gotten over any expectations of consistent weather.
With such nice sunny days in our midst, if you’re not an absolute dickhead congregating in parks with all your mates while the rest of us try to protect our loved ones from an actual deathly virus, you might be in need of some seasonal movie ideas.
I am such a seasonal person; in winter I need cosy music, cosy movies and hot, comforting cups of tea and in Summer I want fresh, ibizan themes, beach-clad films and Iced coffee to keep me call (or an Aperol Spritz, whatever). As such I thought I’d put together some of my favourite films for those Summer feels.
Letters to Juliet
When a film is set in glorious Italy, how can it be anything other than a Summer film? With a plethora of pop music and all the hot summer tones, while Amanda Seyfried wanders the vines of the Italian countryside, I’m dreaming i’m right there with her.
The one thing i’ve always loved about a Nicholas Sparks book or film, is that it’s usually set somewhere in North or South Carolina. You can trust any Sparks film to give you the summer goods and I love the idea of that warm, quaint little life. Granted, Safe Haven has some dark undertones but I really recommend for a cosy summer’s evening watch.
Matthew McConaughey topless, bobbing about in the sea? Luxury yachts, glorious waters, steamy romance? Come on guys, do you even need a story line?
Eat Pray Love
I’m currently reading this because the film left me feeling like I needed to go on my own quest of enlightenment. With the beautiful scenery of Italy, Indonesia and India, how could you not be inspired?
The Glass Bottom Boat
A bit left field, but this 1966 Doris Day RomCom, set in California, is always on my easy-watching list for summer days.
The Parent Trap (1998)
This charming 1998 classic has feel good music, Californian sun, London charm and the happy ending we all need, I’m a big fan of the original with Hayley Mills but there’s something about the Lohan version that I just love at this time of the year.
My Girl 1 & 2
It’s been a hot minute since I watched these classics and, granted, there’s a moment of gut-wrenching sadness in the first film but aside from that, these wholesome films offer the American dream right on your TV screen.
Set in sizzling Greece, if you can put aside the questionable vocal skills this movie is great fun and will have you dreaming of a long hot summer
The original summer musical that will have you wondering how we were ever convinced those people were high schoolers. Yes I got that from a meme.
No one puts baby in the corner, but they do put her in a nice summer holiday village with hot dancers and sexy music.