the great outdoorsAhh, summer. A time to cook out, hit the beach, and stay inside and watch movies because it's so dang hot out!

Sure, there's always a slew of great blockbusters in the theaters each summer, but why not save the trip (and the cash) with these five great family summer movies? BYOP(opcorn). Or ice pops. Hey, it's your house!

 

The Great Outdoors. All Chet (John Candy) wanted was a relaxing summer vacation at a lakeside resort for him and his family. Everything seems to be going as planned until Chet's obnoxious, know-it-all brother-in-law, Roman (Dan Aykroyd), and his family crash the trip. The result? Anything but the vacation Chet had planned.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Based on the young adult book, and starring Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, and America Ferrera, this film is sure to have the kids -- and maybe even you -- glued to your seats. It's the first summer that the four girls aren't spending together, but after finding a pair of magical pants, they're able to stay connected. (Okay, it may sound a little ridiculous, but trust us, it's good.)

Grease. A young John Travolta. Olivia Newton-John. Singing. Dancing. Rydell High! Really, this movie needs no description, just know you'll be singing "You're the One That I Want" for days to come.

The Parent Trap. You can watch the original eponymous 1961 one or the 1998 remake starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, and of course, Lindsay Lohan. We, personally, are partial to the latter, as it's not only a really cute film, it's documentation that Lindsay Lohan wasn't always a bad influence!

Meatballs. Bill Murray's first film role, this movie will have you in stitches the entire time. All the kids wanted was a normal summer camp experience, but with Bill Murray as their counselor, that's not exactly easy.

What other family summer movies do you love?

 

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