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Five Great Spring Movies (For When It's Too Cold To Go Outside)

By Judi Gerber
3/25/2014 10:49:31 AM

Even though spring officially began on March 20, I know many parts of the country are still covered in snow and ice, and the temperatures are anything but spring like. While it might seem that sitting inside watching movies is a very anti-spring thing to do, if you can't get out and enjoy the sunshine (because there isn't any), do the next best thing: live vicariously through the magic of film.

For those who can't enjoy the sun and fresh air of the new season, these movie suggestions are for you:

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Enchanted April (1992). Beautifully filmed in Portofino Italy, the film, set in 1920, tells the story of four English women who decide to leave the rain and clouds behind them, and head to the sunny Italian countryside for a holiday, where they rent a secluded castle. The four women are not friends to begin with, but their friendships develop as they share the castle and the beauty of the countryside.

The Sure Thing (1985). This film is directed by one of my favorites, Rob Reiner, and it stars one of my favorite actors, a very young John Cusack. While it isn't a spring break movie (it's actually a winter break movie), I include it because Cusack goes to sunny California which is spring-like year round. The romantic comedy tells the story of a college guy who heads out on a road trip to see his buddy and to meet a girl that his friend assures him is a "sure thing." It becomes the road trip from hell when he winds up traveling with a female classmate, played by Daphne Zuniga, who doesn't like him at all, but, of course, they wind up falling for each other, a perfect spring fever ending.

Bull Durham (1988). Yes, I have included this on some of my other must-see movie lists. But it is my favorite baseball movie. And, with spring comes baseball. As I have written before, I never get tired of watching it; it's romantic, it's smart and sexy, and it's funny. Kevin Costner plays catcher "Crash" Davis for a minor-league team that never seems to improve. He's asked to "coach" young and not-so-bright pitcher Calvin "Nuke" La Noosh (played by Tim Robbins). They both become smitten with team groupie Susan Sarandon who chooses one player a year to "coach."

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