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5 AWESOME FILMS ABOUT BEING A KID DURING THE SUMMER

There are a lot of films about older teenagers during the summer – Fast Times At Ridgmont High, even Dazed And Confused (first day of the holidays but still counts!) – but what about younger ones? As the summer holidays kick off and your kids settle into six weeks of lazing around at home, here are 5 of the best…

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Kings of Summer

This little-seen indie is a gem of a movie, simple and very effective. Basically, a bunch of friends retreat to the woods and build their own house. And er, that’s pretty much it. But it’s spot-on when it comes to hanging out with your mates and doing something together, as well as teenage petulance and the odd little fallouts that happen amongst friends.

Addams Family Values

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Christina Ricci goes to summer cap. That’s what makes this sequel palatable, as the creepy Wednesday dresses up as Pocahontas, gets crushed on by a nerd and tries to kill her younger brother. When she stages a camp coup, it’s frenetic brilliance.

Stand By Me

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Perhaps the ultimate movie about young friendship, this adaptation of a Stephen King short story has four boys go on a journey to find the dead body of a teenage local. Poignant, funny, total genius.

The Sandlot

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Set during the summer of 1962, it’s a coming-of-age pic about a baseball team which feels authentic and isn’t too saccharine.

Super 8

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The second half gets a bit overblown, but the beginning of JJ Abrams’ monster movie is well-crafted nostalgia, following a group of youngsters making an amateur film in 1979 who accidentally stumble across a terrifying government experiment. The chemistry amongst the kids is especially good.

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