Movies to Help You Spring in to Summer

Written by Rachel Campbell on . Posted in Campbell's Condensed

It’s been three weeks since spring break, which may make some groan in agony over being back on campus for the end of the semester. However, three weeks since then means there’s only three weeks of class and one week of exams before four months of school-less freedom. Check out these movies (if you’re not too busy cramming for finals or throwing together last-minute papers and projects) to help you survive the last few weeks and get into the mood for warmer weather. Some are good and some are bad, but either way they’re bound to put you in a better mood as you watch.

“Spring Breakers”

Spring Breakers

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This film is a giant explosion of raunchy, neon and illegal activities, but there’s something about it that makes you unable to look away. Maybe it’s the fact Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens appear to be trying way too hard to break away from their previous perfect, on-screen, cookie-cutter reputations or the way Selena Gomez still embraces her childlike persona while strutting around in a barely there bikini. It’s definitely the fact that James Franco is donning a grill, cornrows and unrecognizable accent as Alien, an apparently popular rapper in the “Spring Breakers” world. Either way, this movie is a must-see if only for the inevitable giggles brought by Franco’s character.

“Blue Crush”

Blue Crush

This is another movie focusing on girls going crazy in a beach town, but one that does so with much more grace. It stars Kate Bosworth (“Remember the Titans”) and her friends, Michelle Rodriguez (“Fast and Furious”) and Sanoe Lake, who balance their time between being maids and surfing Hawaii’s North Shore. There’s just enough comedy and drama to make this movie a more enjoyable interpretation of a town where it’s practically summer all the time.

“Piranha 3D”

Piranha 3D

If you’re a fan of bad movies, then this remake of the 1978 original should definitely make your list. “Jaws” Richard Dreyfuss makes a very short (and very unfortunate) cameo before the opening credits. His appearance might make you anticipate some sort of cinematic masterpiece, but rest assured that that’s not the case. Once the title hits the screen, it’s all down the tubes from there. You can at least view this B-grade movie with the reassurance that exam week isn’t nearly as bad as vacationing at a lake with flesh-eating piranhas.

“American Pie 2”

American Pie 2

The “American Pie” series is a classic. Well, at least until they started going straight to DVD with stories specifically about band camp, the naked mile, Beta house and the Book of Love. The first movie in the original, big screen series introduces us to a diverse cast of characters in their senior year of high school. “American Pie 2” takes us back to their shenanigans at the tail end of a year away at college where they meet up for a summer of fun. Let Stifler’s witty remarks and the rest of the crew’s adventures entertain and inspire you to finish out the semester strong.



Many of us have held summer jobs in high school and even now in college to help fill our gas tanks to take great adventures, but have you ever had one that was an adventure in itself? “Adventureland” follows Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) on a failed attempt to study abroad at a European graduate school in pursuit of a journalism degree. He moves back to his western Pennsylvania hometown and gets a job at Adventureland—the real-life Kennywood, located in the outskirts of Pittsburgh—and makes “friends” with Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds. If you’re a local to the park, it’s cool to see how they used it and transformed it to fit the ‘80s time period, but even if you’ve never been, the movie itself is still the perfect one to make you excited it’s almost time for roller coasters and concession stands.

“Almost Famous”

Almost Famous

While this flick is mostly serious with hints of comedy unlike the rest on this list, it is still spectacular and worth a view. It chronicles William Miller (Patrick Fugit) and his desire to become a rock journalist. He struggles at first while still in high school, sending rock journalist Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) copies of his work that, in turn, gets him in to a Black Sabbath show to review. Here he meets self-proclaimed groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) who introduces him to the fictitious opening band Stillwater. Fugit and Hudson’s character end up spending the summer of ’73 on the road with Stillwater where Fugit writes a story on the band for Rolling Stone. It’s written and directed by Cameron Crowe and said to be loosely based on his own experiences as he also wrote for Rolling Stone in his youth and still does so now.