Harbourfront Free Flicks Returns for Summer 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel on Blu-ray
The Grand Budapest Hotel on Blu-ray

By Lori Bosworth

The Grand Budapest Hotel on Blu-ray
The Grand Budapest Hotel on Blu-ray

HarbourfrontCentre’s FREE FLICKS, presented by Redbox, returns to Toronto for summer 2014. Watch free movies under the stars every Wednesday night on the covered WestJet Stage from July 2 to August 27, 2014.

This summer’s films feature women actors, directors and writers in the comedy genre.


We are hosting a giveaway of The Grand Budapest Hotel on Blu-ray. In order to be entered in the contest, participants must complete at least two of the following steps. Bonus entries for additional steps. Contest closes on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12 a.m. EST.
1) Like Torontonicity’s Facebook page (If you have already liked our Facebook page, this counts as one step.)
2) Post a comment at the bottom of this blog post e.g. “My favourite comedy is…”.
3) Retweet on Twitter.
4) Like and share blog post on Google Plus.

All screenings are hosted by Now Magazine’s film critic Norm Wilner. You can purchase beverages and popcorn at the Lakeside Local Patio. Below are the comedies to be screened at Harbourfront:

Mean Girls (PG) 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Amy Poehler
Written by: Tina Fey
Directed by: Mark Waters
Written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and more, Mean Girls is sharp, witty comedy at its finest.

Bend it Like Beckham (PG)
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Keira Knightley, Parminder Nagra
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Bend it Like Beckham is a comedy about a young Sikh girl’s love of soccer.

Clueless (PG) 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Alicia Silverstone
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Cher (Alicia Silverstone’s) applies her own personal philosophy to love, friends and high school.

Caramel (PG) 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Arabic with English Subtitles

Starring & Directed by: Nadine Labaki
A romantic comedy based in a beauty shop in Beirut.

Desk Set (F) 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring:  Katharine Hepburn
Directed by: Walter Lang
The romantic comedy starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Desk Set examines technology in the workplace in the 1950s.

Kissing Jessica Stein (AA) 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen
Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Kissing Jessica Stein is an indie comedy (written by and starring Jennifer Westfeldt) about a woman who is unlucky in love while navigating the dating world.

In A World… (14A) 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Written, Starring & Directed by: Lake Bell
In A World examines the emergence of a woman in the male-dominated industry of movie introduction voice-overs.

Funny Girl (PG) 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at approximately 8:20 p.m. (WestJet Stage)
Starring: Barbra Streisand
Directed by: William Wyler
Barbra Streisand’s first film launched her to stardom. This is the play that Rachel on Glee is starring in on Broadway.

Voters’ Choice 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. (WestJet Stage)

Here are the films the public can vote for online at Harbourfront Free Flicks for the final feature to be screened.

• Private Benjamin – Goldie Hawn stars in this comedy about a society girl who enlists in the army, thinking it might be just the vacation she needs.

• Juno – Juno follows the life of a teen (Ellen Page) who becomes pregnant in her teens.

• Bridesmaids – Annie (Kristen Wiig) is the maid of honour for her best friend, but can’t keep her own life together. Melissa McCarthy is hilarious.

• But I’m a Cheerleader – A satire about a girl who is sent to “straight camp” after her parents think she is a lesbian. Starring Natasha Lyonne and RuPaul Charles.

Call the Information Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, 416-973-4000

About The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of legendary concierge Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft of a priceless painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis – all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, and Adrien Brody.

This contest appears on ContestCanada.net


  1. I’d pick Bridesmaids as my fave comedy from that list although I do remember laughing during Born in East LA starring Cheech Marin, a classic comedy about an American who gets deported to Mexico.

    • I’ve never seen Born in East LA, but I’m sure it’s funny if Cheech Marin is in it! Yes, I laughed all the way through Bridesmaids too! Cheers, Lori

  2. Oh, I hope Bridesmaids will be the Voter’s Choice flick. I remember watching it in the theatre and laughing out loud – something I did not expect from this film. It would be great to hear people’s laughter ring through the night under the stars.

    • Yes, I hope Bridesmaids is the Voter’s Choice too! I loved that movie, especially Melissa McCarthy!

    • I love Uncle Buck too and that boat of a car he drives that should not be allowed on the road! Cheers, Lori

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