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Summer lovin'



The days grow longer and the nights shrink shorter. Summer time, baby! And that means daily trips to the video rental store to help fill the hours with more classic flicks from the 80s. Today, we honor the best 80s movies about the summer.

I know what you're thinking: Were there really that many movies that revolved around the summer? You know it! (And some are actually watchable). Here are our favorites:

Summer Lovers (1982): Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah ... naked! In fact, does anyone in this movie wear clothes? Enough reason to book the Greek isles for your next vacation. Quote: "Jealousy doesn't show how much you love someone, it shows how insecure you are." Grade: B-plus

One Crazy Summer (1986): One of two of his own movies that our favorite 80s star -- John Cusack -- doesn't much care for ("Better Off Dead" is the other). Possibly because it co-stars Demi Moore, Curtis Armstrong and Bobcat Goldthwait. Quote: "Did you think we were driving to Nantucket? Come on, it's an island!" Grade: C-minus.

Summer Rental (1985): Filmed right here in St. Petersburg, Fla., featuring some of my classmates from Countryside High as extras. Take John Candy, stir in Rip Torn and add water. Classic. Quote: "Can you tread water with that hook?" Grade: A-minus.

Summer School (1987): Long after his career as a UCLA quarterback (and long before wasting his talent on the TV series NCIS), Mark Harmon played Shoop, the world's most fun-loving gym-turned-English teacher. Surely a top 10 comedy from the 80s. Quote: "Your teacher was arrested for giving vodka to students... on roller skates." Grade: A

White Water Summer (1987): A movie starring Kevin Bacon that's not called Footloose. So it can't be all that good, right? Just sit back and enjoy a young Sean Astin carry the action as a wimpy city boy forced to reckon with a summer spent in the wild. Quote: "My friends call me D--kface." Grade: C-plus.

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982): See, I can sometimes pick 80s movies that don't revolve around angst-ridden teenagers. And despite the title, there's no nudity -- which was very disappointing for me when I rented it at age 14. Not Woody Allen's best film, but beautifully filmed and employing the best work from Mia Farrow, Mary Steenburgen, Jose Ferrer and Julie Hagerty. Quote: "Sex alleviates tension and love causes it." Grade: A

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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