What Are Your Favorite Films About Summer?

With Frankfort's outdoor summer movie series under way, we want to know what films always remind readers of this time of year.

There's something about watching a movie outside that's doubly enjoyable. You get to indulge in an entertaining flick without sacrificing a beautiful summer's evening.


Frankfort kicks off its free outdoor summer film series Wednesday, June 6, on with Zookeeper. Movies start at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.) with a preview and a cartoon screening beforehand (starting around 7:45 p.m.). Free popcorn will be available from , and flim-goers can bring blankets and lawn chairs (large, view-obstructing hats, however, are frowned upon). In the event of rain, the movie will be shown the following week.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

  • July 11: My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Aug. 1: The Muppets

There's also something about summer—summer school vacations, especially—that makes it the perfect setting for a movie. At the beginning, you're thrust into the unknown, and as you move through the exciting and engaging events of your days, you reach the end, sorry to see it all conclude. Every summer—like every movie—comes with the thrilling potential that it could be the best ever.

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So what are your favorite summer movies? I'm not talking about the blockbusters that are released during this time of year necessarily. I mean films where summer is an integral setting (which excludes movies like Die Hard, which was released in July of 1988 but was set in December, making it the best Christmas movie of all time). Here are a few of mine, the films that remind of the hot season no matter when I see them: Do the Right Thing, Caddyshack, Adventureland, Wet Hot American Summer and The Last Starfighter (don't laugh; this film is due to be re-evaluated as one cinema's greatest anti-war allegories ... that also includes Robert Preston playing an alien who keeps his eyes in a hanky and some of the best special effects you could create on a Commodore 64 home computer).

Now it's your turn. Share some of your favorite summertime movies. They can be relatively recent or classics from your childhood. Just tell us which ones always get you in the mood for swimming pools and not doing a thing on a lazy, sunny day.


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