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Spring break cinema – some films to watch if you’re staying home this spring

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 by: David Knapp

It’s officially spring! At least that’s what the calendar tells us. While many of us are getting ready for spring break travels, others might be planning to spend the time just kicking back and taking it easy. If you’re in the latter category, you can still get in the spring break spirit and have a little fun by taking in some of these classic (and not so classic) spring break films recommended by some of UCT’s employees. Remember, this isn’t art, it’s spring break!

1. “Spring Breakdown”

A trio of decidedly uncool thirty-something friends (Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Parker Posey) head to a popular spring break resort frequented by college co-eds in order to prevent a politician’s daughter from embarrassing her family. If you’re a Saturday Night Live fan – and even if you’re not – you might find this little film pretty hilarious.

2. “Hot Tub Time Machine”

A goofy but fun throwback to the 80s, this movie is a must-see for anybody who grew up in the era of excess. Disappointed at the way their lives have turned out, four longtime friends (led by John Cusak) reunite at the ski resort where they used to party and find themselves transported back to the year 1986 via a magical Jacuzzi. Determined not to make the same mistakes twice, the foursome attempts to right past wrongs, creating loads of laughs along the way.

3. “Jeepers Creepers”

Spring break can be a bit scary in a number of ways – at least for the kids in this frighteningly fun horror flick! Justin Long stars as a college student making a drive home for break when he and his sister make a gruesome discovery in the middle of nowhere and wind up running for their lives from “The Creeper.” Whoa! Hold on to your eyeballs!

4. “Girl Happy”

Elvis Presley got in on the spring break fun with this musical romantic comedy in which he and his band head to Fort Lauderdale to keep an eye on a mobster’s daughter. The film features the Top 40 Billboard hit “Puppet on a String,” which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Not quite as much fun as Viva Las Vegas but, hey, it’s still Elvis!

5. “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini”

Probably the most self-consciously pseudo-psychedelic of the classic Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello beach party franchise that ruled the 60s teen scene, this film stands out for having the weirdest title, as well as the strangest and catchiest soundtrack. Other worthwhile entries in the series include Beach Blanket Bingo and Muscle Beach Party.

6. “Where the Boys Are”

This 1960 American coming-of-age comedy about four Midwestern female co-eds who spend spring break in Fort Lauderdale is considered the original spring break blowout movie. Pronounced as scandalous when it was released, the film has been credited (and blamed) for hordes of young people migrating to Florida each spring. If you’re old enough, you might know it better as a song by Connie Francis, but many critics consider it the quintessential spring break movie – and it’s still better than the 1984 remake.

Do you have a favorite spring break movie? If so, please share!

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