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Friday, May 27, 2016

Movies That Make You Want to Take a Summer Vacation

With the unofficial arrival of summer this Memorial Day weekend, we thought these movies would inspire you to take a summer vacation. Summer vacations are special because they may include long road trips with family, a flat tire, gas station food, and loads of laughter. As the kids leave school for the next three months or so, their imaginations can run wild. Why not take them on trip with some of these movies? Maybe they will want to go to summer camp or on a road trip? Summer reminds us all to relax and slow down. These movies will do just that. Make some popcorn, grab a cold beverage and sit down and watch a movie or two!


National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
This Chevy Chase classic reminds us all of the potential of road trips. Road trips can be boring and to cure the boredom, you may focus on something else. Vacations rarely go as planned and this film captures the hilarity of plans gone wrong. Sometimes the best vacations are the ones with some bad luck. If anything, a great story will come from it!



What About Bob? (1991)
Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss star in this comedy of one man just wanting to enjoy a vacation. Bob Wiley (Murray) become dependent upon his psychotherapist Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) so much so that he tracks him down during his vacation in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. This movie will make you thankful for your (hopefully) relaxing vacation!



Summer Rental (1985)
Jack Chester (John Candy) takes his family to the beach for a relaxing summer vacation in sunny Citrus Grove, Florida (Gulf Coast). However, he does not get to relax because he feuds a local. To win back his pride and respect from his family, Jack must race him. If you like competition, you will enjoy this movie! A must watch movie for fans of sailing.


The Great Outdoors (1988)
Annoying in-laws disrupt Chet Ripley’s (John Candy) family vacation in a resort located in the woods of Pechoggin, Wisconsin. Sometimes all you want is to get away from your family to relax. But other times, your family may have other plans and those plans can result in a laugh-out-loud misadventure.


Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
David Wain’s indie cult classic captures the last day of a 1981 summer camp in Waterville, Maine. Starring the ageless Paul Rudd,  Amy Poehler, Chrisopher Meloni, Margeurite Moreau, and many others, this original comedy shows the best parts of summer. Summer camp involves new friendships, growing up, hijinks, and laughter of course. This movie is the first movie acting role for Bradley Cooper. Roast up some s’mores and reminisce on the all-American summer camp experience.


The Way, Way Back (2013)
Steve Carell and Allison Janney star in this coming-of-age summer movie dealing with the pains of fitting in. Duncan (Lian James) finds refuge with a water park manager Owen (Sam Rockwell) and together they learn to deal with not fitting in. This movie can help kids realize that they will find a place to fit in.



Cocktail (1988)
Tom Cruise starts in this R-rated summer classic as a bartender in Jamaica and finds love. But life does not go as planned. Summer love is fun, but it can get complicated and when it does, that is when it is tested to see if it really is just a summer fling.

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