If you have the day off today, you could go to the beach, barbecue, go hiking or generally spend a summer day in the sun. Or you could do what I plan on doing and hole yourself up in a dark, air-conditioned room watching movies on your computer. Instead of living life on your day off, I give you five great movies about people living life on their days off so that you (and I) don’t have to.
5. A Room With A View
Long before Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith knew what Muggles were, they played cousins Charlotte Bartlett and Lucy Honeychurch, two refined British ladies on vacation in Florence. But when the prim Charlotte demands a “room with a view,” the two meet the brooding George Emerson and Lucy must decide if she wants passion abroad or dignity in England.
Part of the iconic National Lampoon’s series, Chevy Chase takes his family on what is supposed to be an awesome road trip in this 1983 film, and things go horribly wrong.
3. Thelma & Louise
A girls’ fishing trip turns deadly when Thelma (Gina Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) kill a rapist and set off on a nightmarish road trip across the country.
2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Two American friends head to Barcelona for the summer and fall for the same man, but one ends up unhappily married, the other in a strange polygamous relationship with one—possibly two—psychopaths in this strange and beautiful Woody Allen film.
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
In John Hughes’ famous truant tale, teen hero Ferris Buelller avoids a test on European Socialism because “I’m not European, I don’t plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they’re socialists? They could be fascist anarchists: It still doesn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car.” Here are some of his tips for avoiding an honest day of school—or work.