Gravity Falls: Summer (2012-2016)

The whole series

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This is one of the best, most underrated Disney shows of all time. It is smart, funny, exciting, weird… I could rave about it all day. Honestly, in this time of pretty cringe-inducing Disney Channel shows, I’m surprised this even made it to production. It definitely seems more up Cartoon Network’s alley, although perhaps that’s why this got moved to Disney X D. Either way, it follows two twins as they spend the summer with their weird great uncle at his Mystery Shack attraction in Oregon. However, they soon discover the town is brimming with supernatural activity and a hidden secret. The show almost has a fall feel at times, but it is set in the summer and has that feel of a childhood summer adventure. I cannot recommend this show enough.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 surfboards

More to come soon!

I’m going to attempt to make some new posts! I’ve been working extra 10 hour shifts for the past two weeks but I am planning to get a new post up sometime this weekend! Once I’m back to my normal schedule it will be a lot easier!

Don’t give up on me yet.

Camp Rock (2008): Summer

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So I was kind of outgrowing Disney Channel when this movie premiered, but I did eventually see it. It’s cute, nothing special really. It follows Mitchie as she goes to a musical summer camp because she wants to be a singer. She falls in with the cool girls but soon realizes that she’s not happy singing backup. The story is predictable, but the songs are catchy and Demi sure can wail. Like in what universe would Meaghan Martin be the star of that camp, her voice is pretty weak tbh (not that I don’t like her, I loved her in Until Dawn). Anyway, because it’s at a summer camp it definitely fits the feel of the season. There’s campfires and canoes and cabins. The three C’s of summer movies.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 surfboards

 

High School Musical 2 (2007): Summer

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WHAT TIME IS IT? SUMMER TIME! I mean, I don’t think I really need to say anything else. But I will. I will admit that I went through my HSM phase. I was 13 when the first movie came out and I was the target audience. And I shamelessly bought into that Disney marketing. I still think HSM is a cute movie. HSM2 however… is a piece of art. This movie is so over the top, so bad, so loud, and just… so so terrible that it loops back around to good. I mean, I Don’t Dance, Bet On It, Fabulous… these songs and dance numbers are so cheesy that you can’t help but love them. Also, I will be here for Lucas Grabeel until the day I die. When I’m 90, I will still be like “that man and his golf caps were the best part of the HSM franchise”. This movie follows the East High kids as they spend their summer vacation working at Sharpay’s country club. So obviously, it fits the summer theme well. Also, if you have access to Disney Channel, you’ll know that this past weekend was the DCOM marathon. So I was glued to my couch for 4 days straight because I’m not a quitter.

Bet On It

God dammit, Zefron, why?

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 surfboards

Sleepover (2004): Summer

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So I don’t think this movie did too well, and frankly I’m not sure how well known it is, but this was a favorite of mine as a kid. This movie follows a group of girls at the end of 8th grade. They are desperate to be cool before high school so they can sit at the fountain at lunch. They get challenged by the mean girls to a scavenger hunt and shenanigans ensue. I won’t lie to you, this movie isn’t great but it has a major nostalgia factor for me. It has a ton of pre-fame actors, like Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Steve Carrell, Jane Lynch, Alexa Vega, etc. I’m categorizing this as summer due to the end of the school year theme and the whole “adventure/coming of age before _____” theme.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 5 surfboards

 

The Parent Trap (1998): Summer

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I mean come on… It’s a classic. I’ve seen both this one and the 1961 version, and they’re very similar but this one has little Lindsay Lohan and a charm that I don’t see in the original (which could very well be my nostalgia goggles, but I know a lot of people like this one more). This movie follows two twins who end up meeting at summer camp and switch places in order to get to know the parent they’d never met. Problems begin to arise in the family and they begin to have a hard time keeping up the facade that they are one another. This movie has some great summer shots and camp scenes, not to mention that beautiful winery that Dennis Quaid owns. This is a great, albeit cheesy family movie that will get you ready for sleepaway camp. It will also have you convinced that your twin is out there and you’ll eventually find each other and share your oreos and peanut butter.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 8 surfboards

The OC: Summer

The whole series

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Since my last review was of Laguna Beach, I felt it only fitting for this one to be of The OC, another classic from my teen years. So this is a summer show purely due to its setting. The show follows the lives of a group of teens living in Newport Beach. It’s a classic early 00’s teen dramedy that we all know is bad, but we like anyway because it was cool when we were kids. Another guilty pleasure show, I won’t say it’s for anyone but if you remember it fondly, it’s definitely one to binge watch during the summer. California here we come, ya feel me? (p.s. Phantom Planet, please get back together, I miss you).

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 6 surfboards