15 summer movies to get you in the mood for Summer School

15 summer movies to get you in the mood for Summer School

Whether you’ve already enrolled in a Summer School subject, or are still considering it, these movies will get you in the mood to make the most of your summer.

1. The Parent Trap (1998)

Who needs just one Lindsay Lohan when you can have two? The actor’s early days saw her perform as identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth. Raised individually by each of their parents, the twins are reunited at summer camp, where they hatch a plan to bring their parents back together. If you need a little motivation to get stuff done, look no further than these two.

2. Jaws (1975)

Okay, so this is a bit of a leap from The Parent Trap. And it will definitely inflame your Galeophobia. There’ll be blood in the water and a lot of screaming, so this could be a good motivator to steer clear of the beach and instead hit the books this summer.

3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

After watching Jaws, you’re going to need something lighthearted and reassuring. Luckily, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is all that and more. One pair of pants. Four women whom they all fit perfectly. It’s definitely a fictional concept but we’re here for it.

4. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Nobody puts Baby in the corner. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey will show you how to have the time of your life in this classic, and may leave you attempting a downright dangerous lift with your housemate in the living room. Take that energy and hurl yourself into summer study instead.

5. Blue Crush (2002)

Determination. Grit. Holding your breath for a really long time. This underdog story has it all. Hey, if Anne Marie Chadwick can take on the Pipe Masters then you can take on a summer subject!

6. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

Did you hear Lizzie and Gordo are getting back together for a Lizzie McGuire remake? What better way to prepare for the upcoming blockbuster than by watching the Lizzie McGuire Movie? This is what dreams are made of.

7. Mamma Mia (2008)

Sometimes all you need is a little ABBA music and a whole lot of Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep to lift the mood. Spice up your day with a multitude of ABBA bangers from the 70s set in sunny Greece.

8. My Girl (1991)

Get your tissues ready, this is going to get emotional. After Mamma Mia, this might feel like a rollercoaster ride. Don’t get off here. Keep going.

9. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Yes, that’s exactly what you thought you saw. This film features Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and a bunch of other stars before they went on to become A-Listers. The whole film takes place during the last day at a fictional summer camp in 1981 and is a spoof of all the teen dramas of the time.

10. Grease (1978)

Okay, so this film really hasn’t aged that well and I’ll admit that while I did use to love its catchy songs, now listening to the lyrics can be a little confronting. But it IS about summer, and features famous Australian Olivia Newton-John, so therefore it makes the list!

11. The Notebook (2004)

If only Allie and Noah had just both enrolled in summer classes together, perhaps things would have been easier. The ultimate romantic drama that is the Notebook begins when Allie heads to the country house in Noah’s hometown for the summer. We won’t reveal how it ends, but there are definitely a lot of birds, rain and decisions along the way.

12. The Last Song (2010)

Why Miley and Liam? Why?! And before you ask, I’m not overly invested in their relationship, YOU are! Travel back in time to where it all began for the couple in The Last Song.

13. The Way, Way Back (2013)

Awkward 14 year old kid Duncan goes on summer holidays with his mum, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s daughter in this coming-of-age favourite. Duncan soon finds an unexpected friend in the manager of a water park.

14. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Who wouldn’t love a good slasher film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr.? Based on an urban legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer follows the gang as an anonymous stalker seeks revenge for their earlier crime.

15. Dear John (2010)

Lots of letters and a long distance relationship. It’s not unlike Uni sometimes. Even the film’s tagline – “What would you do with a letter that changed everything?” – reads like a Uni campaign. Join student Amanda Seyfried and bad-boy-turned-soldier Channing Tatum as they test their romance with time apart.

Enrol in summer school

Why not use part of your summer break to get ahead in your studies?

You can use Summer School to:

  • make up for a subject that you failed (where offered)
  • complete a subject that you may have dropped previously (where offered)
  • finish university and start a career sooner
  • spread out workload to a more convenient time
  • free up more time for working during the standard semester
  • study a subject that could be an elective in your course.

Learn more and search La Trobe’s summer subjects here.

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