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Summertime movie picks to cool off with

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The first official day of summer is right around the corner. If you need a break from soaking up the sun while watching the waves crash down, then crank up the air conditioning, grab a frozen popsicle, and settle in for some summer-themed movie picks everyone can enjoy.

Wet Hot American Summer- This satirical comedy was originally released in 2001 and stars an impressive cast of Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and Bradley Cooper. Set in the summer of 1981, “Wet Hot American Summer” focuses on a group of counselors as they prep for a talent show, try to save the word from an incoming meteor, and struggle with their love lives—all as summer camp is about to end. Christopher Meloni of Law and Order fame gives a particularly hilarious performance as a camp cook whose past experiences in the Vietnam War has left him with some quirky habits that he can't help but share.

Summer of '42- As the movie trailer states, “In everyone’s life there is a summer of ‘42." This 1971 coming of age drama tells the story of a young teen who becomes infatuated with an older woman during his summer vacation on Nantucket Island off the coast of Cape Cod. The romance is one-sided and leads to several life lessons on relationships and love. "Summer of '42" is based on the life of screenwriter Herman Raucher, who also wrote the screenplay for the war film “The Great Santini.”

Jaws- What better way to be happy about staying in and watching a movie? "Jaws" will make you glad to be on dry land. This 1971 masterpiece from director Steven Spielberg stars Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss as they set out to capture a shark that has been plaguing the nearby beaches. The brilliant score by John Williams is as simple as it is scary. Those foreboding notes that signal yet another shark attack will make you sit on the edge of your seat.

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