By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Summer is supposed to be a carefree time when all the stresses of the winter months – the horrible weather, the cabin fever, the atrocious Boston drivers – melt away as the living turns easy.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

For me at least, and maybe for you also, that’s the expectation formed in the depths of February.

But looking back on it, the summer of 2011 hasn’t really delivered on that promise.

The perfect summer weather of the last few days has served as a reminder of how truly awful much of the weather has been, from the tornadoes to the sweltering heat to whatever it was that knocked out the power last weekend.

The news hasn’t gotten any better – between our economic doldrums and the spectacular ineptitude of the political elites, it’s been a bad news summer from start to finish.

And on top of it all, the Sox still can’t seem to shake the Yankees.

I don’t know about you, but I need some help decompressing over this last long weekend of the summer.

So let’s go to the movie listings and see if Hollywood can help.

One thing’s for sure, I don’t want any reminders of Irene.

So I won’t be going to see “The Tree of Life,” for obvious reasons.

“Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” is out, too.

And if you are one of the thousands of unfortunate souls still without electricity today, I doubt you’re up for taking in “The Help.”

Talk about a coming attraction that never came.

I also have zero interest in seeing any movie that might remind me of Washington, D.C., however inadvertently.

So I’m sorry, but I won’t be shelling out nine bucks to see “The Debt,” or using my debit card, either.

While I suspect it’s a comedy, something tells me “Horrible Bosses” will also hit too close to home.

And frankly, if I want to watch “The Smurfs in 3D,” I’ll save my dough and turn on the president’s address to Congress next week, or whenever they schedule it.

No, Hollywood is not working for me this weekend, although I see they have made a movie about Red Sox fans: “Crazy, Stupid Love.”

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (3)
  1. Edward Rahaim says:

    WOW, John. I’m not sure what your comment about “THE HELP’ meant, but my wife and I thought it was Academy Award quality. Did I misinterpret you comment???

  2. tsal says:

    Well I’m back from two weeks at the beach interrupted briefly by a tropical storm and loss of power which just added some interest for this weather lover. Even before that I’d say the summer – weatherwise – has been spectacular. We have had a whopping 13 days over 90 degrees all summer which is minimal and no long stretches. We’ve had weather events but not close to what other areas of the country experience and it’s pretty hard to not have weather no matter what your expectations. What is not to love. Power outages? If a person can’t live without power, I feel badly for him/her.

    It’s all about what you make life and if you are always looking at the down side then no season and no time in any part of the world will live up to your expectations. I’d say it’s been a glorious summer – politics both from politicians and a portion of the citizens of our country aside.

    As an aside and I know those here who are thinking it, I do not wish for destruction in weather events but I do enjoy the weather and my enjoying it does not make it happen

  3. Summer.. says:

    flys by like a long weekend and winter drags on forever. Winter sucks.

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