Best Movies for the Spring

Story posted April 11, 2023 in CommRadio, Arts & Entertainment by Commradio Staff

Now that it is officially spring, members of our CommRadio arts & entertainment department wrote about some of their quintessential movies to watch during the springtime.

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”

There’s nothing that says “spring” more than Kate Hudson’s yellow dress from “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

This film has cemented itself in rom-com history and for good reason.

Hudson plays a journalist who decides to fake-date somebody in order to explore the secrets that most girls have in a relationship, but unbeknownst to her, the guy she’s dating only holds onto the relationship in order to win a bet to score a promotion at work.

This is such a great movie to watch in the spring, especially the scenes where Hudson and Matthew McConaughey’s characters visit McConaughey’s family on Staten Island. The two share a sunny motorcycle ride and spend time with the family in a beautiful house, and it’s also the time when the two characters fall in love.

Like all rom-com movies, it’s a great story about love in the most unusual circumstances. - Adrianna Gallucci

“Prom”

Not enough people know about the hidden gem that is the 2011 Disney coming-of-age film, “Prom.”

It’s not really anything revolutionary– it tells the classic tale of the good girl meeting the bad boy and getting distracted from her Ivy League dreams– but also follows the side storylines of characters played by Nicholas Braun, Raini Rodriguez, Danielle Campbell, and more.

The film is riddled with clichès and has a highly questionable script, but there’s no denying that it’s the perfect escape back into what everyone wishes was their idealistic prom experience.

What girl wouldn’t want a bad boy to change his motorcycle-riding, leather-jacket-wearing ways to prom dress shop with her (pretending like he doesn’t care) and then give her “the look.” The one that comes when he notices she’s not just an uptight bookworm anymore, but actually the girl of his dreams.

Or more realistically, the girl he’ll be with until she follows her dreams at college. That’s beside the point.

With prom season arriving alongside the blooming trees, “Prom” is the perfect springtime watch to reminisce about all the dances lost to the pandemic. -Kaitlyn Murphy

“Hot Rod”

The 2007 film “Hot Rod” is a lot of things. It’s a comedic masterpiece, a cult classic, high concept art, a great laugh and also the perfect movie for a spring evening.

The Lonely Island’s first true movie is an absolute comfort to most who watch; between the coming-of-age aesthetic and the bizarre comedic scenes, this movie feels perfect after a day spent outside.

Andy Samberg’s Rod and his ragtag crew go on some of the stupidest adventures for him to be able to pull off his stunts to raise money for his step-father’s heart surgery (so he can beat him up, duh.)

The cast of “Hot Rod” is unparalleled.  Along with Samberg, the film includes Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Chris Parnell and more.

As silly and nonsensical as this movie is, it also has a lot of heart. It manages to peak nostalgia for both the 80s and the early 2000s.

Something about how removed from reality and absurd “Hot Rod” is, makes the movie so pure.

For a film this insane, it manages to cause no stress. It’s grounded and sure of itself. There’s not a better comfort movie than this. -Sophia D’Ovidio


Adrianna Gallucci is a first-year student majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, please email amg7989@psu.edu.

Kaitlyn Murphy is a first-year majoring in digital and print journalism. To contact her, email kvm6255@psu.edu. 

Sophia D’Ovidio is a second-year majoring in digital and print journalism. To contact her, email sgd5184@psu.edu.

About the Contributors

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Sophia D'Ovidio

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Sophia D’Ovidio is a first-year from Allentown, New Jersey. She is now a communications (undecided) major at Penn State University. Sophia intends on pursuing a career in journalism. Sophia writes for the CommRadio Arts department.

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Adrianna Gallucci

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Adrianna Gallucci is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and is one of CommRadio’s New Member Coordinators. She is also a broadcaster, journalist, podcaster and talk show guest. In addition, Adrianna is also a part of PSSN, TDAY Sports and AWSM. She hosts her own independent podcast, She’s All Bat: A New York Mets podcast. She is a huge Mets and Rangers fan and will always talk about pro wrestling. Adrianna wants to work in MLB, NHL or WWE as a journalist or an anchor. You can find her on Twitter at @agallucci17 or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Kaitlyn Murphy

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Kaitlyn Murphy is a first-year student at Penn State majoring in digital and print journalism. She is a member of the Arts and Entertainment Department of CommRadio and is passionate about reviewing films, television shows, and music. Follow her on twitter at @kaitlynmurph and email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any inquiries.