Jensey Loves Summer Movies

30th June 2015

Here’s the thing… I hate summer. Like… HATE summer. I’m not a beach person, think palm trees are overrated, and will change the station the second Jimmy Buffet starts playing on the radio. I don’t do swimsuits or public pools. And don’t get me started on the heat!

Even growing up, when most of my friends would have a year-long countdown to summer, I’d have a summer-long countdown to the start of school. (I wish I was kidding.)

The one thing I do love about summer are the films I try to wait all year to watch. In no particular order, these are the top 10 movies I have to watch each year before summer ends. Let me know what I missed and maybe it’ll inspire me to do a round two! :)

Summer Magic – I mean, it’s called “Summer Magic,” y’all. But most importantly, it’s Hayley Mills and more than half the songs that play on Main Street, U.S.A. “The Ugly Bug Ball,” “Flitterin’,” “Beautiful Beulah”; trust me on this one, guys.

A Goofy Movie – I watched this movie on the last day of school every year since it was released. Summer didn’t officially start until I sang along with “After Today” as loud as my vocal chords would allow. Still my soundtrack of choice to pump me up for weddings, this movie is a summer must!


Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack Sparrow. Enough said.

Orange County – The best movie that no one ever seems to have seen. I saw it in the years of my life I yearned to be a writer, and the soundtrack lived in my car during my Disney College Program. There are so many quotable moments- “Sean, you are my same height, that is neat!” Colin Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Jack Black… It’s a good one. <3

Never Been Kissed – Maybe it’s because it was played on repeat during my high school summers (when I could have rivaled Josie Grossy), but Drew Barrymore in that pink dress kissing Mr. Coulson on the baseball field with the Beach Boys in the background? SUMMER. <3


Rudolph’s Shiny New Year – I know this seems like a long shot, but Nate and I watch this every Fourth of July!! I live my life in a constant countdown to Christmas, and the one scene where Rudolph visits an island where every day is the 4th of July, so clearly, it’s a summer film. <3

The Lizzie McGuire Movie – My best friend Lorie and I saw this in Orlando at the end of our Disney College Program, May of ’03. It was one of the happiest and saddest nights of my life. This time of year, I always get a little nostalgic for Lizzie, Isabella, and Gordo. <3


The Parent Trap – Amelia, my little sister, and I can quote this movie in its entirety. Of course I love the original, but it’s the Lindsay version that has my heart. I was obsessed when it first came out and even still have my Disney Store Cuppie! That scene where Chessy finds out? Swooooooooooon! <3

My Girl – Most of my elementary school years were spent crushing on Macaulay Culkin,  and this was the first movie I distinctly remember making me cry. Those damn bees.

Hook – That Neverland baseball game, y’all. That is summer. Bangarang, indeed. <3


14 thoughts on “Jensey Loves Summer Movies

  1. Erin Daniels

    All the “yesses” to this post Jensey! <3 Love me some Lizzie McGuire movie and "you know about Annie?" melts my heart every time! That movie is how I'll remember Lindsay,lol.

    1. jensey Post author

      I love that I read “You know about Annie?” in Chessy’s voice! That scene makes me cry every time!

  2. Lauren

    LOVE this list! The Lindsay Lohan version of the Parent Trap totally has my heart. And Orange County is a GREAT movie that I actually own. The soundtrack rules too.

  3. Jenn Paul-koch

    nope, these all seem legit. I also used to share your hate for summer. But now that I have kids, i look forward to the time off with them. Also, after our polar vortex winters, I am starting to hate the cold. You and I have two extremes tjopugh.. hot hot and cold cold. You live at my happy place though, so you win I think! Also, stand by me is a good summer movie, also, Lilo and Stitch, watched on 6/26, of course <3

    1. jensey Post author

      I can see kids changing my love of summer for sure! And yes, being so close to Disney most definitely makes the heat more bearable! And how could I have forgotten Lilo and Stitch?! And I LOVE that you watch it on 6/26!!! We need to add this to our calendar!

  4. Jenn F

    Boy did YOU pick the wrong state to live in! (But please never move again because we need the chance to see you as often as we can, thank you very much)

    A Goofy Movie will forever be a classic and a must watch no matter what. End of story. And MAN do I miss Lizzie McGuire!!

    1. jensey Post author

      TELL ME ABOUT IT! But that’s what vacations are for- Leaving Florida in the summer! <3 And yes, Lizzie is the best!!

  5. Hope at Disneyland

    You forgot (or likely purposely omitted) High School Musical 2! It’s all about the countdown to Summer and having Summer fun including enjoying time pool side and baseball. I am not a fan of the heat but I always looked forward to Summer because it meant my birthday and no school. :) I’m also glad you through in “Summer Magic”. It’s such a hidden gem. “On the Front Porch” is my jam. :D

    1. jensey Post author

      I always forget about High School Musical 2! Aaaaaand now I will have “What time is it? Summertime!” stuck in my head all day. :) I love “On the Front Porch!!”

  6. Gaylin

    Teen Beach Movie.
    What can I say, I love it. Wasn’t so impressed with Teen Beach 2 but the original, makes me laugh with all the over the top jokes on beach movies from the 1960’s.

    Parent Trap, yes to both versions.

    Considering my first 2 trips to Florida were in July . . . I never go in the summer anymore. Too hot!


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