As August prepares to close its doors for another year, it’s time to say goodbye to the summer once again. Remember when the days started getting longer and we were all excited by the prospect of vacation? Those were fine, wonderful times. But before we prepare to unpack our coats and live in fear of the rain and the darkness, there’s still time for one last summertime hurrah courtesy of Netflix’s streaming summertime selection. Just, you know, watch them after the sun’s set so you can make the most of outside.
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955)
Apparently, in the 1950s, summer meant that you could pack the family off to a vacation home far away and have fantasies about the gorgeous blonde who’s stuck around in the city and found an exciting new way to cool down from the heat. Let’s be honest: there are worse ways to spend a heatwave.
THE ENDLESS SUMMER (1966)
Whether this documentary fulfills a seminal dream of the 1960s or just the dream of Beach Boys obsessives, I’m unsure, but this look at two Californians who decide to try and travel the world so that they can escape the non-surfing seasons remains compelling four decades after its release.
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001)
Not only is this comedy about more innocent — or not, considering — days of yore fueled by a particularly potent nostalgia, but it also powers a parallel sense of longing for the past when you see younger, less famous versions of stars like Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper on-screen. Were they ever that naive? Were we?
And talking of nostalgia and big-name stars before they were quite so big, 2016’s big movies mean that this gentle coming-of-age comedy now stars Lex Luthor, Deadpool and one of the new Ghostbusters. Movies are weird.
HOW I LIVE NOW (2013)
You might think that your teenage summer vacations sucked, but at least you weren’t sent to stay with relatives abroad before a terrorist attack turns the world into a post-nuclear dystopia. This is the movie to watch to retroactively feel much better about your childhood.
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM (2013)
For those who always thought that live action role-players were wasting their summers, I offer this movie as counter-argument. After all, how many years did you spend your vacations saving the world from demonic forces that you accidentally unleashed? I rest my case.
TU DORS NICOLE (2014)
From the ridiculous to the sublime, with Stéphane Lafleur’s award-winning Canadian movie about a young girl who becomes more and more dissatisfied with her small town across the course of one summer. Subtle and beautiful.
SUMMER OF BLOOD (2014)
We’ve all had strange, lost summers where we do things we regret afterwards, but few have spent their summers experimenting with vampirism while struggling to come to terms with emotional intimacy. Let’s just say that Onur Tukel’s making us feel better for roads not taken.
KING JACK (2015)
The lazy heat of midsummer is the backdrop for this study of a particularly busy weekend in the life of the eponymous 15-year-old protagonist, who has to deal with summer school, the constant threat of a bully and having to be responsible for a younger cousin.
STATEN ISLAND SUMMER (2015)
This old-school throwback — two teen boys try to make their last summer before college one for the ages! — is remarkable as much for its creator pedigree than anything else; it’s written by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost, and features an army of SNL alums in the cast, including Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong.