01/08/2005

Summer Movies and Guilty Pleasures

Growing up in Holland in the Seventies, I kept hearing the Lovin' Spoonful's Summer in the City, but now I'm fortunate enough to experience New York's humid asphalt first-hand.

Air conditioning helps, but I can also recommend this year's summer movies - some of which have infantile plotlines, but also slyly intelligent actors beefing up the films. I have thoroughly enjoyed Wedding Crashers, already out in the UK, and 40 Year-Old Virgin, which is released in the UK later this month.

It's a delight to see Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson riff off each other; apparently they rewrote the whole script together. They get the wedding crashing concept out of the way pretty quickly so they can get in really big trouble: real love. 40 Year-Old Virgin is also about older American guys trying to get laid, and like Wedding Crashers, the mission in question is a belly-laughing pleasure to watch. The film is funny and bubbly, thanks to the smart script and actors Paul Rudd and 'newcomer' Steve Carrell, (a deadringer for Owen's brother Luke).

In both cases, the theatres were completely full with people munching popcorn and laughing their heads off. In short they are the ideal summer movies, true mental palate cleansers. Oh yeah. Watch out for Deuce Bigalow, European Gigolo, . It'll be slightly more crass than the other ones, but any film shot in my native Amsterdam that has a midget flying out of a window into a canal has my vote.

Does anyone else have any guilty summer pleasures? Please comment below.

3 comments:

Edmund Hardy said...
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Edmund Hardy said...

Kung Fu Hustle and Sin City have been my multiplex pleasures - both supremely silly deconstructions of style. I hear that some take the latter seriously!

And none of my pleasures are remotely guilty. Apart from liking all early hip-hop films and also the clothes of Alexander McQueen...

Darren Arnold said...

I enjoyed a couple of summer films that have been critically panned - "Bewitched" (another film featuring Steve Carrell -- this time doing a mean Paul Lynde impersonation,) and I also had fun with Rodriguez's quickie, cheapie, day-glo "Sharkboy & Lavagirl". It's just like any of his 3 "Spy Kids" films, really, but was oddly enjoyable...