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Movies That Are Way Better Than Real Summer Camp

the-sandlotFor most kids, summer camp begins this week. I wasn’t a fan of real summer camp and it might be because what these movie characters were up to in the summertime looked like much more fun than that.

The Sandlot

Had Smalls, Benny and co. played baseball at a proper summer camp they would have had an endless supply of equipment and baseballs – and likely wouldn’t have been contending with the Beast for that matter – but the resulting hijinks are what make the summer such an unforgettable season. So what if they had to forfeit a Babe Ruth-signed baseball worth thousands of dollars? (Well, that, a pot, a vacuum cleaner and an Erector Set.) Smalls even says it himself; “… every summer was great, but none of them ever came close to that first one.”

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Movies to Inspire Your Kids to Go Outside Before School Starts

the-sandlotAs someone who has willingly spent a chunk of the summer inside a movie theater, there’s no denying the appeal of indoor activities, but what if you could get the best of both worlds? We’ve pinpointed an assortment of movies that’ll ensure your kids feel the need to get up and go outside after enjoying some couch time– like Disney’s Planes in theaters this week!

The Sandlot

Unless there’s a 300-pound English Mastiff roaming the neighborhood, motivate your kid to play some baseball withThe Sandlot. Your kid thinks he or she isn’t good at anything and is just an egghead? Remind them where Scotty Smalls started off. Couldn’t catch or throw a ball to save his life one day, but is wailing Babe Ruth-signed baseballs out of the sandlot and into the clutches of the Beast the next.

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Cast Reunions that Should and Shouldn’t Happen

If you haven’t noticed, this industry loves to use and reuse material, spawning sequels, reboot and now reunions. There’s been a whopping six American Pie movies since the very first hit theaters in 1999, but come Friday, we’ll see the entire original gang back together again for the very first time since 2001’s American Pie 2. Should American Reunion blow away the box office, there’s certainly a good shot reunion movies could become the next big thing and, should that be the case, we’re prepared with some good options, and some not-so-good ones, too.

Spoiler Alert – Plot/movie conclusion discussion ahead!

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Their Best Role: Jerry O’Connell

Jerry O’Connell has a habit of portraying the most obnoxious characters the film industry has to offer. It’s something I’ve grown quite numb to over the year’s, but thanks to Piranha 3D that numbness has warn off and I’m aware more than ever of O’Connell’s seemingly natural ability to bug the heck out of me.

For those of you who missed out on the boobs and blood fest, in Piranha, O’Connell plays Derrick, an over-the-top dirty film director with two things on his mind, himself and getting his shot. Okay, I can understand the necessity to include an excessive amount of nudity in order to draw in a crowd, but that in no way give writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg the right to include a character so damn annoying. Perhaps if O’Connell would have toned it down just a notch, Derrick could have been a little more than just a caricature and perhaps even the slightest bit likable. But no, we get a ranting and raving O’Connell making stinky faces and nearly causing those beautiful blues eye to pop right out of his head.

But as irritated as I am with his performance in Piranha, there’s no denying that in his lengthy career, O’Connell has put on some very good shows; it’s just too bad they’re buried in outlandish garbage like Baby on BoardObsessedKangaroo JackTomcats and Joe’s Apartment, just to name a few. In nearly all of those movies, he’s really the same guy from Piranha, but with a different occupation and a non-fishy issue; he’s loud and intolerable.

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Jake T. Austin Writing A Script In The Vein Of ‘Stand By Me’ — ‘Kings Of Suburbia’

Jake T. Austin is a busy guy. Not only is he making films and working on the popular Disney show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” but he’s developing a passion project of his own. While promoting his latest feature, “The Perfect Game,” Austin took some time to discuss his future plans, which includes a “Stand By Me”-inspired story called “Kings of Suburbia.”

“I’m writing a film [that is] kind of like ‘Stand By Me,'” he said, referring to the 1986 buddy drama starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell, which was itself adapted from a Stephen King novella. “It is my favorite movie. [My own project is] based on a true story about my cousin… growing up in sort of a rough neighborhood in Florida.”

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