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Dive Into The Best Summer Movies On Netflix

Is actual summer ever as fun as movie summer? Take the recent Netflix movie The Last Summer, created as an ode to the idea of summer. Griffin (Riverdale’s K.J. Apa), one of the film’s many teens, opens the narrative with a deep monologue about, you know, summer holidays: “Summer break. 72 days. One last chance to act on all crushes. Make a few stupid decisions. And go all in. Cause what’s there to lose, right?”

Technically, The Last Summer is 10 interlocking stories about recent high school graduates. But as Griffin’s very earnest speech shows so well, it’s really a film about summer — and what that period of time means to an 18-year-old. As every teen movie ever has taught told us, summer is when stuff happens.

While The Last Summer is the only movie on Netflix algorithmically derived to be the Ultimate Teen Summer Movie, it sits on the streaming service in very good company. There’s an abundance of “summer movies” streaming over the next few months. When the sun starts to fade at 9 pm, grab some popcorn and watch a film about the summer you wish you were having.

Mamma Mia (2008)

It’s high season on the island of Kalokairi, Greece — a fictional island whose name literally translates to “summer” — and Donna (Meryl Streep) is expecting many guests for her daughter Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding. But she’s not expecting her past three lovers, all of whom could be Sophie’s father, to show up. After watching the cast leap around gorgeous vistas to the beat of ABBA music, you’ll get why tourism to the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos (where the movie was filmed) has skyrocketed.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

When four best friends (Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Amber Tamblyn) disperse for their first summer apart, they’re held together by a pair of jeans that magically fit all four of them perfectly. Let’s face it: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the ultimate summer movie, blending poignant moments of personal growth and friendship with Kostas and Coach Eric.

The Little Hours (2017)

What’s summer like if you’re a nun in the 14th century trapped in a remote Italian convent? According to The Little Hours, it’s raunchy AF. The nuns have affairs in the haystacks, attend witchy rituals in the woods, curse out the gardener, harbour a fugitive — and that’s just the start. The movie’s bursting with comedic talent — Alison Brie, David Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman, and Fred Armisen appear, among others.

Set It Up (2018)

Generally speaking, category of “summer movie” is dominated by people who still have summer holidays. Set It Up is set during an adult’s summer — the sun shines harder, but work doesn’t stop. Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), two assistants, try to get their demanding bosses to fall in love with each other so they can have a break.

The Spectacular Now (2013)

“You’ve gotta live in the moment,” the dangerously charming dreamboat Sutter Keeley (Miles Teller) intones. He takes his own advice. Surprising himself, he falls in love with Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley), a quiet “good girl.” The Spectacular Now is all about two teenagers living in the moment the summer after graduation, because change is hurtling at them fast. Rarely has young love been portrayed with such emotional honesty.

The Last Summer (2019)

We’ve seen Love Actually and New Year’s Eve. Finally, the entire season of summer got a movie of interconnected love stories of its own. The teenagers in The Last Summer have 72 days to cross experiences off their bucket list before scattering to different cities. See what havoc they wreak and what fun they have.

The Kissing Booth (2018)

The Kissing Booth was a veritable sensation in 2018, becoming Netflix’s most re-watched movie of the year. Elle (Joey King) narrates the whirlwind experience of actually getting the guy. She kisses her secret crush, Noah (Jacob Elordi), at a carnival kissing booth. Sparks fly — literally! The entire movie is filtered through her imagination.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

If only summer camp were as fun as it is in Wet Hot American Summer. The absurd movie focuses on a group of camp counsellors on the last day of camp, and it’ll leave you howling. Then, when you’re done, watch the two follow-up TV series on Netflix, created over a decade later and starring the same cast.

SPF-18 (2017)

Before To All the Boys I Loved Before catapulted him to fame, Noah Centineo starred in this strange romance. He plays Johnny Sanders Jr., a young man spending the summer housesitting for Keanu Reeves in Malibu (seriously!) then finds himself competing for the affection of his crush against a country singer (seriously!!).

Wine Country (2019)

Summer adventures are not just for 17-year-olds. The group of friends in Wine Country go to Napa for Rebecca’s (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday.

The Package (2018)

The Package follows a group of high school kids trying to get through a seriously awful situation. We’ll tell you what it is, but brace yourself. During a camping trip, one of the guys — wait for it — cuts off his own penis.

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) are privileged Mexican teenagers who take off on a road trip to a legendary beach with an alluring stranger (Maribel Verdú). Who knows — this movie might inspire an adventure of your own.

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Credit: Original article published here.

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