A day at the pool is full of promise. You may see the woman of your dreams as she suns herself by the side of the pool. Perhaps she’s swimming laps. You may find yourself racing in a competition or even playing volleyball. It can be exciting or relaxing, and Hollywood’s film makers know that a swimming pool can be a memorable backdrop for its best scenes. Here are five movie pool scenes that you will never forget.
"National Lampoon’s Vacation" (1983)
Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is taking his family on a vacation to Wally World. As they drive across country, many things go wrong, but one of the things that goes right for Clark is that he gets to see a stunning blonde in a Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) at various parts of the journey. One night when his family checks into a motel during the trip, he runs into Brinkley’s character and she tempts him into a midnight swim. Clark takes off all of his clothes and he believes that he will be uninterrupted with this scrumptious beauty, but his clandestine moment gets ruined and he is left embarrassed and with a need to explain things to his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo).
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982)
It’s been another bad day for Brad Hamilton (Judge Reinhold) at Captain Hook’s Fish and Chips restaurant. He comes home to find his sister Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her gorgeous friend Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) swimming in the pool. As Brad gets a good look at Linda striding around the pool and swimming, he lets his imagination take over as he retires to the bathroom. The dream-like sequence ends abruptly as Linda walks into the bathroom while Brad is enjoying himself.
"Meet The Parents" (2000)
Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller) is going out with Pam Byrnes (Terry Polo) and they are serious. Pam’s sister is getting married and Gaylord is not only invited, he’s a part of the wedding. As the family prepares for the wedding, they decide to play a game of volleyball in the pool. The game gets competitive and Gaylord wants to look like a real player since Pam’s father Jack (Robert DeNiro) is judgmental of him. Gaylord gets his opportunity to drive a hard shot over the net and he spikes the ball into Debby Byrne’s (Nicole DeHuff) nose and breaks it.
"Back to School" (1986)
One of Rodney Dangerfield’s classic movies. He portrays rich but uneducated businessman Thornton Mellon. He decides to join his son in college. During his youth, Mellon was quite the diver. His son is also a diver and Thornton wants to give him confidence by showing him how to do his best dive. That’s the famed “Triple Lindy” and when Dangerfield climbs the high dive to pull off the maneuver, he makes a spectacular entry into the water.
"It’s a Wonderful Life" (1946)
One of the greatest movies ever made, director Frank Capra created one of the best feel-good stories of all-time. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) is dancing with Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) at his brother’s high school graduation. The dance floor begins to open up and there is a pool underneath. George and Mary are dancing so intently, they don’t notice and ultimately fall in the pool. They continue to dance even though they are in the water and eventually everyone at the graduation party jumps in. It’s the beginning of George and Mary’s romance and they end up getting married.