As temperatures rise and days grow longer the desire to find someone to shack up with for a hassle-free relationship becomes even more enticing. So once you and your fling have exhausted all other summer activities or are just looking for ways to cool off after that Netflix and chill session, how about actually utilizing the streaming service to watch one these films portraying some of the best summer flings.
Wes Anderson’s affinity for depicting sickeningly hip and eccentric characters is one of the reasons why Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is such a fun watch. When two love stricken 12-year-olds run away together on a brink of a severe storm, a group of adults must then set out to find the young lovebirds.
Nothing seems more like hell on earth than a summer job at an amusement park in the 1980s, especially the one portrayed in Adventureland (2009). However, indie darlings Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart make the most out of their deep-fried, children-filled circumstances as they start to fall for each other on the job.
Unrequited love, friendship and growing up are a few of the underlying themes of the 2011 film One Day. Two Brits spend the night together after their college graduation, and on that same date throughout the years their relationship, or sometimes lack there of, is unveiled.
One of the original manic pixie dream girls, Ann, played by Audrey Hepburn, is a princess who wishes to escape from her hectic schedule and royal daily routine in Roman Holiday (1953). While playing hooky, Ann finds herself getting a makeover, riding a scooter through Rome and falling in love.
Most might only recall The Seven Year Itch (1955) because of its iconic scene where Marilyn Monroe stands above a subway grate causing her white dress to be blown up by a passing train. Yet, the film contains a classic summer infatuation between a man who sent his wife and son off to Maine because of a heat wave and his beautiful upstairs neighbor.
“I will never forget you,” Joel says to our favorite Addams Family member.
“You won’t?” Wednesday replied.
“No, you’re too weird,” he said before gifting her with another camper’s retainer.
The Addams Family Values (1993) includes one of the most romantic scenes ever. Wednesday and Joel are the perfect image of love that is fostered by a mutual hatred of summer camp.
As other entries on this list demonstrate, the best setting for summer love is apparently at summer camp and in the 1980s. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) is full of couples to root for including the camp director and the neighboring astrophysics professor, a Vietnam-war-veteran turned-camp-cook and a refrigerator as well as two gay camp counselors whose nuptials are held on the last day of camp.
In the 1955 film To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant stars as a reformed thief who must clear his name after several robberies were committed in similar fashion to him in the French Rivera. If the suspenseful plot isn’t enough to catch your attention, Grant’s onscreen romance with Grace Kelly is one of the most charming summer couplings.
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