Endless summer

When is a movie a “summer movie”?

That question arises from this Associated Press story about how summer comedies have a raunchier tone nowadays. The story includes this paragraph:

The wave of R-rated hits over the last few summers includes “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” and “Superbad.”

Alas, the wonderfully titled Borat movie wasn’t a summer movie. It was released in November 2006. A quick check of sites such as the Internet Movie Database or Rotten Tomatoes would have prevented this fact error.

A similar problem popped up online recently in a Los Angeles Times slideshow about summer movies. The photo gallery included “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie,” which was released in November 2004. The image from the movie probably led the LAT astray — it was of SpongeBob on the beach with David Hasselhoff. It looked like summer, not Thanksgiving.

“Summer movie” may be as much of a reference to genre as it is to season. But the term needs a place on the calendar too. How about blockbuster films released from Memorial Day and Labor Day? We’ll entertain making reasonable exceptions for movies such as “Iron Man” (released May 2) and the upcoming Bruno movie, a sequel of sorts to the Borat movie, which is set for release on May 15, 2009.


One Comment

  1. Well, when i was a kid, summer started in mid-May. And we went back to school in mid-August (put the pool stayed open).

    Frankly, for the purpose of summer movies, I’m game for anything released between May 1 and September 15.

    “summer” is a tremendously arbitrary term anyway, what w’ the solstices never coinciding with the whether you envision.

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