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Top five summer Netflix movies to watch this weekend

May 10, 2019

 

As we start the month of May and try to put the groggy nine-month-long Minnesota winter behind us, the warm sun and bright blue skies are finally appearing. Lounging back and watching a film reminiscent of summer this weekend could give you the motivation to get through these last weeks of school. Here are some of the best summer movies that are currently on Netflix to get you excited for the upcoming season.

 

Ibiza (2018)

In this movie, three New-York based best friends escape to Spain for a party-fueled weekend. It plays on the “messy, sloppy, and empowered American party girl” cliché and milks the stereotype dry in the most light-hearted way. Ibiza is filled with low-stakes adventures and fun endeavors for a casual sit down. If you want a relaxing easy-to-watch summer movie, Ibiza is available to stream on Netflix.

 

West Side Story (1961)

Set in the summer of 1961, this movie transports Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” into the Upper West Side in New York City. The two feuding families are replaced with two brawling street gangs: The Sharks (Puerto Rican Americans) and the Jets (White Americans). Tensions rise as Tony, former Jet leader, and Maria, the Shark leader’s sister, fall for each other. This classic award-winning film is a rewatchable and heart-racing romantic tragedy that you don’t want to miss.

 

The Parent Trap (1998)

Once arriving at summer camp, twins Annie and Hallie are strangers until unusual circumstances unite them. The girls learn that their divorced parents are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each of them raising one of the twins. They engineer an identity swap, giving both an opportunity to connect with the parent they’ve never met. If the scheme works, it might just bring the family together again. Watch this family-friendly Disney film if you want to remember the nostalgia of light-hearted Disney movies from the early 2000s.

 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

After spending every summer together, Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bridget go their separate ways for the first time for individual vacations around the globe. While Carmen and Tibby stay close to home in Maryland, Bridget heads to Mexico and Lena visits her family in Greece. The one thing holding them together is a pair of jeans that the four share, unbelievably fitting each of them. This movie exemplifies the pure sisterhood the girls share, making it a lighthearted summer friendship film.

 

Mamma Mia! (2008)

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The only issue is that Sophie doesn’t know who her father is. The vivacious bride prepares a plan to secretly invite three men from her mother’s past in the hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. Mamma Mia! will catch you singing, dancing, and dreaming of a one-way ticket to Greece.

 

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