The best summer movies to kick off the season this Memorial Day

The best summer movies to kick off the season this Memorial Day thumbnail
Best summer movies to kick off the season this Memorial Day

Warner Bros. Pictures


Memorial Day weekend is finally here, and with it, the unofficial start of summer. It’s the perfect time to lay on the patio furniture, fire up the grill and catch a great summer movie. Below are our top picks for summer flicks.


The top products in this article:

“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” now playing in theaters

Bestselling 2022 Samsung “The Frame” TV: 65″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV 2022, $1,800 (reduced from $2,000)

Best streaming stick deal right now: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $35 (reduced from $50)


From new releases such as “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” to campy classics like “Wet Hot American Summer,” there are so many great movies to help you start the season off right. Take a trip with “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” or get stuck in “Palm Springs” this Memorial Day weekend.

Still searching for the right show or movie to stream this weekend? Be sure to check out our guides on everything new coming to Paramount , new shows on Apple TV and all the best movies to stream this week. Plus, we’ve got family-friendly TV show and movie suggestions, recommendations for the best Hulu originals, Showtime shows worth watching and a crash course on everything you should catch up on before “Stranger Things” season four.

Here are our picks for the best summer movies that will kick off the season.

‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’

The Bob's Burgers Movie

20th Century Studios


The Belcher family is coming to a big screen near you. “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” shows Linda and Bob reeling from a disastrous summer. Meanwhile, Louise sets out to solve a mystery with Tina (and Gene) in tow. This fun and refreshingly entertaining summer movie is now in theaters across the country.

“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” now playing in theaters


‘Booksmart’

Booksmart

Annapurna Pictures


In “Booksmart,” two best friends, about to graduate, decide to turn their reputations around in one wild night. This heartfelt story about coming-of age is starring Kaitlyn dever and Beanie Feldstein. Hulu is streaming Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut.

“Booksmart,” now streaming on Hulu


‘In The Heights’

'In The Heights'

Warner Bros. Pictures


Anthony Ramos stars in this adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award-winning musical. “In The Heights” explores Washington Heights’ hopes and dreams. This energetic musical is available on HBO Max.

“In The Heights,” now streaming on HBO Max


‘Palm Springs’

palm springs

Hulu


“Palm Springs” stars Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg as a maid of honor and wedding guest, respectively, who hook up, only to get trapped in a time loop. The two are forced to live the same dreary wedding day again and again, and they must decide who they are and what they will do to escape their fate.

“Palm Springs,” now streaming on Hulu


‘Girls Trip’

girls trip

Universal Pictures


Four old friends turn a work trip into an opportunity to rekindle their sisterhood, and reconnect to their wild sides along the way. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish star in this raunchy 2017 comedy.

“Girls Trip,” $4 and up on Prime Video


‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’

'Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar'

Lionsgate


Barb and Star are lifelong friends who’ve never set foot outside their Nebraska hometown — until now. The dynamic duo travel to Vista Del Mar, Florida to embark on an action-packed adventure. “Bridesmaids” co-writers Kristen Wiig and Anne Mumolo star in this zany 2021 comedy, now streaming on Hulu.

“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” now streaming on Hulu


‘The To Do List’

'The To Do List'

CBS Films


Riddled with 90s nostalgia, this raunchy comedy boasts a star-studded cast which includes Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Andy Samberg and Donald Glover.

“The To Do List,” $4 and up on Prime Video


‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Wet Hot American Summer

Focus Features


It’s the last day of summer camp, and the counselors have a lot of unfinished business to attend to. This must-see summer movie stars Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper.

“Wet Hot American Summer,” $4 and up on Prime Video

After you’ve watched the original, check out the Netflix prequel and sequel miniseries, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. “

“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” now streaming on Netflix

“Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later,” now streaming on Netflix


‘500 Days of Summer’

500 Days of Summer

Searchlight Pictures


Hopeless romantic Tom has just been dumped by the love of his life. Struggling to cope with the breakup, he reflects on their 500-day relationship. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in this 2009 romantic dramedy, now streaming on Prime Video and Paramount .

“500 Days of Summer,” now streaming on Prime Video

“500 Days of Summer,” now streaming on Paramount

Paramount and Essentials are both subsidiaries of Paramount


‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’

ET

Universal Pictures


Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi fantasy, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the story of a boy played by Henry Thomas who meets a space alien after being stranded in Southern California. This classic summer movie is about friendship, courage, and iconic chase scenes.

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” $4 and up on Prime Video


The best TVs and TV deals right now

Looking to upgrade your at-home viewing experience so you can stream the latest shows and movies in style? Keep reading to check out the best deals on TVs and other streaming accessories including TV mounts, streaming sticks and more.

Samsung’s ‘The Frame’ QLED 4K smart TV 2022

Samsung's

Samsung


The latest edition of “The Frame” features a matte, anti-reflection display. The screen is 1-inch thick and can stream your favorite TV shows in 4K resolution. It also seamlessly transitions to Art Mode to display your favorite paintings or photographs. The 2022 model is currently $200 off during Samsung’s Memorial Day sale.

65″ Samsung ‘The Frame’ smart TV (2022 model), $1,800 (reduced from $2,000)

Last year’s model (2021), meanwhile, is on sale at Amazon.

65″ Samsung ‘The Frame’ smart TV (2021 model), $1,598 (reduced from $1,798)


55″ LG OLED GX gallery design 4K smart TV 2020

LG OLED GX 55

LG via Amazon


Prefer your painting-inspired TV to be an LG? The LG OLED TV GX can be hung on your wall like a painting. This is why it’s called a gallery-design TV. LG promises that there will be no gap between your ultra-thin LCD screen and the wall with this LG OLED TV.

Amazon has the 55-inch 2020 model of the LG OLED GX marked down 7% right now. The LG OLED GX has 4K resolution, built in Alexa and Google Assistant, and built-in streaming apps such as Netflix and other.

55″ LG OLED GX 55″ gallery design 4K smart TV (2020): $1,397 (reduced from $1,499)

Looking for an even bigger deal on an even newer TV? Right now, you can get at least $500 off the 2021 LG G1 gallery 4K smart TV direct from LG. The TV comes in three screen sizes: 55 inches, 65 inches and 75 inches. The biggest discount is for the 77-inch TV: It’s marked down $700, down to $3,300.

77″ LG G1 Class with gallery design 4K Smart OLED TV, $3,300 (reduced from $4,000)


Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon


Amazon’s in-house streaming platform is Fire TV. This 4K device supports Dolby Atmos audio and comes with an Alexa voice remote. Right now, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for $15 off its usual price.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $35 (reduced from $50)


Fire TV Stick Lite

Fire TV Stick Lite

Amazon


Sure, the Fire TV Stick Lite is the Amazon streaming stick with the least frills, but it’s also Amazon’s most affordable streaming stick. The Fire Stick Lite allows you to stream TV shows and movies in HD and can be controlled by Alexa. The Fire TV Stick Lite is an excellent option for streaming on older TVs. Pick one up today for $10 off its usual price.

Fire TV Stick Lite, $20 (reduced from $30)


2022 Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV

Amazon


For Google loyalists, the new 2022 Chromecast with Google TV can, ahem, streamline your streaming experience. Based on your subscriptions, viewing history, and purchase history, you can get personalized recommendations.

2022 Chromecast with Google TV, $50


Full motion TV wall mount: $55

Full motion TV mount

Amazon


Mount your new TV with ease with this tilted, 4.8-star-rated wall mount. It’s designed to handle televisions ranging in size from 47 to 84 inches.

Full motion TV wall mount (for 47″ – 84″ TVs), $55


Related content from Essentials:

Read More