I look back on the days when I actually had a summer vacation. Then I look back on these films and think, man, I really wasted my time. If you go on an adventure half as amazing as these journeys, then congratulations, you have a story to tell. Otherwise, grab some popcorn, sit back, and live vicariously through some wild times. If you like lists as much as I do, check out even more of the top movie lists at http://www.filmcrave.com/list_member_movie.php
Sometimes adventure presents itself when least expected. The thrill of seeing an actual dead body sends a group of friends on an excursion that will reverberate with them for the rest of their lives. Dodging trains, discovering the wonders of leeches, telling stories and simply bonding. The whole "coming-of-age" moniker is bandied about quite often when dealing with any film featuring teens/young adults, but in this case, it means something. In this age of technology and being continually connected, a simple adventure like this seems like an impossibility, but it remains a concrete example of friendship, courage and heart.
What - a documentary you say? This is the ultimate summer - catching the perfect wave in any one of the most pristine beaches worldwide. Even if you've never seen the ocean and couldn't care a whit about surfing, this film is just compelling - visually stunning and with real-life characters that Hollywood just can't match with their all their imagination. Bruce Brown's narration completes the picture of two guys simply looking to surf - such a simple idea, yet one of the best, most effective, films on this list.
Who hasn't hoped to find a hidden treasure map that will lead to untold riches, or at least a really good story? I bet even most adults would jump at the chance at hidden pirate booty. But our charges are significantly younger - and facing the wrath of uncaring adults who are about to destroy their neighborhood. Then it turns to pure fun, mixed with just a hint of danger, pirate traps, an evil Italian family and a misunderstood monstrous man - taken together, I don't think there is a better pure adventure film featuring a group of children.
I absolutely love this film. The protagonist is a gangly teen who is out of place in high school since his mom skipped him a few grades so he's younger than anyone else and just doesn't quite fit in. Despite a somewhat overbearing parent, he still manages to convince an up-and-coming rock band to let him hand out and also convince Rolling Stone he is a much older reporter with an inside story on said rock band. The soundtrack is second-to-none, the story is both heartwarming and bittersweet and the characters are phenomenal. Plus, who else can say "You want to know what I did on my summer vacation? Check out the latest issue of Rolling Stone... cover story." - Game. Set. Match.