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July 12, 2016

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10 summer vacation moves to watch this season

Wondering what to do on a rainy weekend afternoon? Get too much sun and looking to spend a day relaxing inside? We’ve got just the thing. The best summer movies convey the magic of the season with stories of friendship, family, love, mystery and adventure. Here are 10 of our favourite summer films to curl up and enjoy this season.

1. Dirty Dancing

A classic summer vacation film you can watch again and again, this film will have you dancing along in no time as Johnny (Patrick Swayze) teaches Baby (Jennifer Grey) to dance at a resort where she’s vacationing with her family. This film is as much a love story as it is a story about the relationship between a daughter and her father.

2. Stand By Me

What happens when four 12-year-old boys go off into the woods to look for a dead body? This coming of age story has humour, adventure, mystery, and an unforgettable look at the lifelong bond forged between these young boys.

3. Almost Famous

While most teenagers spend their summers at the beach or working at fast food restaurants, William Miller (Patrick Fugit) gets to spend his summer on tour with the rock band Stillwater. Following the band to write a piece on them for Rolling Stone Magazine, the naive young writer soon learns that touring is nothing like he expected, and ends up teaching the band a few lessons of his own.

4. Meatballs

Imagine going to summer camp and having Bill Murray as your counsellor. Meatballs tells the story of Rudy, who goes to a summer camp full of rowdy teenagers. Wacky head counsellor Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray) rallies the campers to try their best in the Camp Olympics, convincing Rudy that this may be his chance to redeem himself.

5. Now and Then

Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Demi Moore and Melanie Griffith star in Now & Then, the story of four young girls growing up in a small town during the summer of 1970. This feel good film explores the bond these women still have years later as they meet to re-live this pivotal moment in their lives.

6. Wet Hot American Summer

It’s the last day of summer camp, but there’s still lots of unfinished business to resolve before the campers and staff head back to the real world. Featuring a star-studded cast including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon and more, all the action comes to a head at Camp Firewood’s final talent show.

7. The Notebook

Undisputedly one of the most-loved romantic films of the 2000s, The Notebook tells the story of Allie and Noah who spend the summer swimming, biking, reading and falling in love before they are forced apart. Be sure to have a box of kleenex handy!

8. Little Miss Sunshine

When the regional Little Miss Sunshine winner has to forfeit her crown, seven-year-old Olive (Abigail Breslin) has a chance to compete for the state title. In order to get her to the beauty pageant, her dysfunctional, oddball family takes a road trip in an old VW van. Despite their differences, the family comes together to support Olive in competing in her dream pageant.

9. Heavyweights

When 11-year-old Gerry’s parents send him to a posh camp for overweight boys, he’s looking forward to a fun summer. Little does he know that hard-core fitness guru Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller) has taken over ownership of the camp. As the kids suffer from his intense, merciless workouts, they take matters into their own hands, seeking revenge and respect.

10. Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s nostalgic film follows two young lovers who run away together in 1960s New England. An eclectic and eccentric group of family members, boy scouts and other locals set out to find them. The film includes performances by Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, as well as Wes Anderson film regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.