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12 Comedies With a Jewish Twist to Stream This Summer

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We all know that summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities and eating lots of ice cream, but sometimes it’s just too hot outside to constantly be running around.

This is why streaming movies inside with a cool bowl of sorbet is a bit of a life saver, for the whole clan.

Here are some of my favorite movies to watch this summer (there’s a Jewish angle for each!):

1. Spaceballs

This Mel Brooks “Star Wars” sendup never gets old, and it’s just goofy and juvenile enough to count as a summer classic.

2. Zoolander 2

I mean, how can you not love the follow up to first “Zoolander?” Okay, a lot of people did not love it, but honestly, I personally laughed the entire movie.

3. Dennis the Menace

Who doesn’t love Walter Mathau? And parents may relate a little too hard.

4. Real Genius

This ’80s classic, directed and written by Neal Israel, has long been a favorite of mine. The last scene still makes me laugh.

5. Ghostbusters

All I’m going to say is I had a massive crush on one of the Ghostbusters, and you get to guess which one.

6. Meet the Fockers

Who doesn’t want to see Robert De Niro play Ben Stiller’s father-in-law, with Barbara Streisand stealing the show as Stiller’s mom?

7. The Sandlot

This baseball movie has become a quintessential American classic.

8. Adventureland

This is R-rated, so definitely not for young kids. It’s an early Jesse Eisenberg film—he plays a recent college graduate whose plans for a trip to Europe fall through due to financial problems leaving him to work at an amusement park.,

9. Hook 

It’s the “Peter Pan” movie set as a sequel where Peter has grown up. Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman are a perfect team.

10. The Princess Bride 

Peter Falk makes the movie. Also, if you’re an 80s baby who grew up on this film, now your kid will keep saying “As you wissssshhhhh”!

11. E.T. 

It’s one of Spielberg’s best.

12. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Gotta love movies about a dad’s oops moment.

13. Wet Hot American Summer

From David Wain and Michael Showalter with a host of big stars before they got big, a treasure of a zany comedy that has many a reference to Jewish camp.

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