You could kick off your Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer the way you usually do: by eating seven consecutive hot dogs off the grill, then jumping into a swimming pool and timing how long it takes your stomach to start cramping.
Or you could do what normal people do: completely disengage from real life and usher in the season of lightning bugs and oppressive heat by watching a movie. Summer: the only way to truly experience it is by sitting in an air-conditioned room, watching other people experience it on a screen.
Many, many fine movies have been made that take place in the months between May and September. But if you had to pick only one film to watch this weekend that would make you feel summery, what would it be? My answer can be found below. Share your own answer by posting a comment, or tweeting @celebritology with the hashtag #bestsummermovie.
If you know my movie tendencies at all — or for that matter, if you looked at the photo above — then you already know what I am going to say. My choice for the movie that puts me in a summer mood is this one: “Dazed and Confused.”
It’s set on the last day of school. It features Matthew McConaughey talking about hitting on high school girls, as well as actually hitting on Giovanni Ribisi’s sister. It’s got a party at the freaking Moon Tower. And it also features this, one of the finest exchanges in cinema history:
So will you be watching “Dazed and Confused” this Memorial Day weekend to get in the appropriate summer frame of mine? Or will you choose another film, perhaps a “Riding Giants” or a “Meatballs,” to get the beach party started? Again, post a comment or tweet me to share your favorite summer film.