We close out our Summer of Summer series with the second half of our discussion on 1988’s Aloha Summer. In part 1, we predicted samurai swords, maybe ninjas, and maybe ghosts. We don’t quite get everything we expected, but there is more death than there ever should be in this coming-of-age story. We also get grumpy dads, lots of surfing, and an airport that solves all of our characters’ problems.
We’re at the end of our Summer of Summer Series and what better way to say farewell than by watching 1988’s Aloha Summer? Will we get ninja battles? Will there be a ghost? Will there be more casual 50s racism? Is there a better name for a gang of friends than The Salty Six?
We’re back with our discussion of the second half of Hot Summer in Barefoot County and oofa-doofa, we really wish this film didn’t have so much fun depicting sexual assault. This movie is a rough watch and that’s why we recommend NOT watching it. But you SHOULD listen to our episode on it as we have a good time dunking on all these terrible characters, especially our “hero” Jeff Wilson. And we posit a scenario in which Barefoot County is a spout of ancient evil.
We drink an entire bottle of moonshine and head down south as we kick off the final month of our Summer of Summer series with 1974’s bootlegging comedy Hot Summer in Barefoot County. Marvel at Josh’s authentic* Southern accent, shock at Skinner attempting to say “Blackbeard Bull Tatum” seven times fast, and witness a terrifying visit from the future. Also, it can’t be stated strongly or often enough: do not watch Hot Summer in Barefoot County.
Our biggest fear is realized as we finish up our discussion on 2016’s based-on-a-true-story-depressing-as-hell Cruel Summer. And since there’s not much to really talk about and this film is comedy poison, we decide to talk about our own cruel summers and take a walk down memory lane.
Summer of Summer rolls on with 2016’s Cruel Summer, a movie that has some really problematic content right up front and sets the stage for an incredibly tough movie-watching experience. We also discuss the tragic origins of Old Man Wax Face and his royal family statues.
If the first ten minutes of Breaking Loose: Summer City 2 set us up for something crazy, the rest of the movie doesn’t let us down. We get Viking funerals, surfboard cocaine, domestic drama, deciding whether or not to sleep with your mom’s friend, surfing and an insane beach battle. Plus a man laughing uproariously at a skeleton cartoon. It’s a summer extravaganza.
Summer of Summer continues with us back down under, for the Summer City sequel, Breaking Loose. In the first ten minutes, we get an awesomely 80’s “gettin’ ready” montage, a bunch of middle-aged leather punks with a weird sense of honor, a drag race and an explosion. Looks like this summer is getting back on track.
We’re back with part 2 of our discussion on 2010’s Summertime Christmas, and this one’s a massive undertaking. Elves, Santa, God, magic berries, bad kids, heavy-handed messages, this movie’s got it all. This is probably the longest episode we’ve ever done and Skinner is angrier than he’s ever been, with good reason; the politics of this movie are as messed up as can be and did nothing to instill the Christmas spirit in us (even if it is summertime). Listen, learn, laugh, love.