In just a few hours, the 2014-2015 academic year comes to a close. We’ve enjoyed this decidedly busy year, but like you, we’re looking forward to cutting back our workload a little. More importantly, we’re sure everyone is looking forward to taking some time off for a little vacation, no matter how big or small. And given the beautiful weather, we’re giddy thinking about the summer to come. What better way to stoke that excitement than to recommend a few summer-themed movies.
An infinite number of vacation movies and television shows exist, so we winnowed our selections down to a handful that we can learn something from. Everyone’s summer experience is different, but there are enough unifying themes – travel, emotions, and friendship – that we could make a few recommendations that most everyone should connect to.
(We aren’t actually offering these movies and TV episodes as life models, and in most cases, you should probably avoid doing whatever their characters choose. The one exception is the streaming video about travel photography; that one is very useful!)
Wet Hot American Summer – HU DVD 1506
The lesson: Don’t be the one to make a grand confessional on the last day of summer; it’s cliched.
Summertime – HU DVD 3964
The lesson: Summer love, though fleeting, can be trouble.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!: Season 2, Episode 1, “Vacation” – HU DVD 4026
The lesson: Make new friends, preferably if they have dreads and make a video of your summer.
Adventureland – HU DVD 6464
The lesson: A summer job isn’t so bad, and you might get something more out of it than money.
The Way Way Back – HU DVD 8478
The lesson: Take the family trip, even if your stepfather is a jerk.
The Office: Season 3, Episode 22, “Beach Games” – HU DVD 14156
The lesson: Improve your trip to the beach with competitive eating and sumo wrestling.
Travel: How to Take Stunning Photos – Streaming video
The lesson: Remember to bring your camera… but use it well.
Hot Summer – HU DVD 495
No lesson here, but we bet you haven’t watched this Germany summer vacation musical.