Laguna Beach: Spring Break

“Cabo, Cabo, Cabo” Season 2, Episode 9

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Once again, we follow the California teens as they hit Cabo for spring break, and once again I wonder how on earth they had such extravagant spring breaks while still in high school. This episode has more drama than the previous spring break episode, with Jessica and Alex fighting over Jason, which peaks during a fight at a nightclub. 90% of the episode is either Alex or Jessica talking about the other and the rest of the episode is pretty much shots of everyone dancing and drinking. As I’ve said in previous reviews of this show, I don’t really think it’s worth watching if you didn’t watch it back in 2004 because it’s so ridiculously dumb, but if you were a fan of it the nostalgia factor will keep you entertained and dreaming of Cabo Cabo Cabo.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Amazon Video available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 6 bikini tops

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Laguna Beach: Spring Break

“What Happens in Cabo” Season 1, Episode 5

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I was the target demographic when Laguna Beach aired and I definitely bought into the hype. Watching it back now, I’m struck by how little is actually going on during this show. Like this entire episode is like… nothing happens. This episode follows the California teens as they get ready to go on spring break in Cabo. It consists of them talking about Cabo, buying bikinis, packing their suitcases, and then partying and lounging in Mexico. And then as quickly as it began, it’s over. This episode doesn’t have much substance, but it definitely has a big nostalgia factor for me and makes me dream of the spring breaks I never had. I wouldn’t say this is a must watch spring break movie for everyone, but if you were a fan of the show it’s a fun look back in time.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Amazon video available? Yes, for fee

Holiday rating: 7 bikini tops

Spring Breakdown (2009): Spring Break

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This movie follows three friends who were loser in college and feel like life really never got better for them. When one of them gets a job supervising their boss’s daughter at spring break, the three take it as a chance to experience the party scene they had always avoided. As they begin changing to fit in with the cool crowds, a rift begins to form between them and they need to choose between their old and new selves. So this movie is okay, it’s definitely nothing special, but it has a few engaging moments. However, as far as spring break imagery goes, this movie has got it. Clubs, beaches, half naked college students acting like animals, it’s everything you could want and more in a spring break movie. I recommend checking this movie out if you’re looking for some spring break escapism.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 9 bikini tops

From Justin to Kelly (2003): Spring Break

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The white whale of spring break movies… what a wonderfully horrible movie. I cannot stress enough what a strange time the early 2000s were. We had just finished the first season of smash hit American Idol, promising a life of stardom to its winner Kelly Clarkson. So what do you do first? Put her and the runner up in a musical about falling in love at spring break. I’m not going to rehash what every review of this movie has already said. We already know no one can act and the plot and music sucks. This movie is set in Miami during spring break and it evokes a very PG, early aughts spring break vibe. There’s some drinking and allusions to sex, but it’s considerably very tame. But I don’t know, the beach and the dancing and singing puts me in a good mood. It’s terrible, but also kind of campy which makes it fun to watch. If you’re in the mood for a mild party movie with terrible original music, this is the one for you.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 9 bikini tops

The Office (U.S.): St. Patrick’s Day

“St. Patrick’s Day” Season 6, Episode 19

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This is the only St Patrick’s day themed episode of The Office (and honestly of most shows). Jo is spending her final day in Scranton after the merger with Sabre and Michael is spending his time trying to impress her. She indicates that he is failing and leaves him hesitant to leave work early to party with his coworkers at the bar. Eventually, Michael makes the call that they can leave to celebrate. Meanwhile, Andy and Erin go on their first date, which involves staying at home with a sick Erin and her foster brother. The shenanigans between Jim and Dwight involve Dwight guilting Jim for leaving Pam at home with the baby. The episode isn’t overly centered on St Patrick’s Day and is far more centered on overarching plots, but everyone is dressed in green and you do see some shots of them partying later in the night. As far as St. Patrick’s Day episodes go, it’s definitely one of the best you can get, so you might as well check it out.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 6 shamrocks

Passport to Paris (1999): Spring Break

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I miss the days when Mary-Kate and Ashley ruled the world. So this movie follows Melanie and Allyson as they spend their spring break in Paris with their stuffy US Ambassador grandfather. They want to run wild and meet cute French boys, but he wants them to be cultured. The film depicts that power struggle. It’s definitely a cheesy 90’s teen film, but it’s a lot of fun. The one thing I will say is it’s funny how these movies age. When I was younger I was like, they’re 13, of course they should be able to run around Paris and make out with strange boys, and now I’m like young ladies, get in the house and think about what you’ve done! If you’re looking for a relatively innocent but fun spring break movie.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 7 bikini tops

The Simpsons: St Patrick’s Day

“Sex, Pies, Idiot Scrapes” Season 20, Episode 1

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This is the only other St. Patrick’s Day episode of the Simpsons and it’s definitely not as good as the first, but it’s alright. I think it’s an okay episode overall, especially considering how much the later season have devolved in quality, but aside from the opening St Patrick’s Day parade and brawl, there’s nothing else to do with the holiday. And that’s what we’re about here at Watch the Holidays. Not overall quality, but holiday quality. This episode begins with the St. Patrick’s Day parade and a subsequent brawl that lands Homer in jail. He gets high bail due to his many previous arrests and needs to get paid out by a bail bondsman. When he learns what a bounty hunter is, he decides to take a swing at the job, finding an unlikely partner in Ned Flanders. However, their team begins to fall apart and tough decisions must be made. The episode is fun enough and the opening scene is very Irish so I definitely think it’s worth watching to get you in the mood to wear some green and drink some beer.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 6 shamrocks