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5 nostalgic summer movies to bust the winter blues

Missing the magical summer days spent hanging out on the beach, going on bike rides and swimming with friends? Yeah, us, too.

Between nonstop school and extracurrics this szn, you might be in serious need of some summer vibes. We have just the fix. The next time the winter blues are getting to you, check out one of these summer movies during a study break. They'll give you the motivation to keep pushing through until June...sunny skies ahead!

1. Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Wish you were spending family time by the lake? You'll feel like you're on vacation right alongside the Bakers in this sequel to the classic 2003 film. Watch the Bakers spend their Labor Day vacay competing with another family through traditional summer activities, including an egg toss, a volleyball tournament and a canoe race. This movie will have you laughing with the Bakers the whole way through—and trying to convince your family to hit the lake yourselves this summer.

2. The Sandlot 2

Girl power + baseball—what's not to love? The Sandlot is a classic for a reason, but the sequel is even better if you want to see girls join the team and absolutely crush the world of sports. This fun movie about friendship and courage (with a dash of romance mixed in) will have you ready to try out for the summer rec league...and excited for some Sandlot-esque games of your own.

3. Aquamarine

This is the *ultimate* movie for girlies in their mermaidcore era. Claire and Hailey, during their last summer days together, meet a Real. Live. Mermaid. (AKA the dream!) You'll be wishing for your very own pair of magical starfish earrings and feeling ready for a summer full of adventures with your besties.

4. Teen Beach Movie

A musical on a beach? Count us in! It might be too cold to be dancing in cute swimsuits right now, but you can def have an at-home sing-along with Mack and Brady as they find themselves in a 1960s movie that pits surfers against motorcycle bikers. You'll be on your feet and ready to hang ten by the time "Surf Crazy" comes on—and no one can resist dancing to "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'." This go-to musical will transport you to the beach *and* give plenty of outfit inspo for your summer hangs.

5. The Kissing Booth 3

This movie is the perfect option to bring about all the summer vibes. Featuring plenty of Elle and Lee's shenanigans as they spend their last few months together before college, The Kissing Booth 3 will have you eager for a summer full of dancing, go-karting and performing in elaborate flash mobs. You'll have no choice but to start planning your very own beach bucket list.

Which summer movie will you be watching? Let us know @girlslifemag!

Want more movie recs? Check out these articles:
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🎥The best sisterhood movies to watch with your BFFs
🎥Watch these movies to have a European summer from your couch

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by Maggie Salter | 2/11/2024