Flashback Friday Feature: Seaside Movie Days


Ready to jump back in movie time to the year 2010, specifically, when Toys did a lot of the talking, Shrek once again sailed onto our screens and a prince found the sands of time, were ironically timeless. Our Hollywood heroes, naturally, came in all shapes and sizes. Pull up a comfy chair as we “size up” the (pre)Summer of 2010…

Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood

2010 Early Summer Movie Guide

Originally Published in the Sun by the Sea…May/June 2010 edition

The A-Team is on a special mission: to banish cloudy skies and chilly  temperatures from the town of Wildwood and replace them with balmy beach days and breezy boardwalk nights. They rely on the steel strength of the Iron Man (2) to accomplish this lofty task. Shrek is Forever After in agreement, as he looks forward to an island retreat with his true love. The Prince of Persia: (knows) The Sands of Time are limitless in our small town and quickly joins in the assignment. Finally, Robin Hood has a brilliant idea; to steal as many sunny moments as possible, knowing there’s enough sunshine to go around, and sunny days complete with spectacular sunsets can last forever in our little town by the sea!

Because movie release dates don’t last forever, please check your local listings before heading to the movie theater.


Billionaire inventor turned Iron Man (2) (Robert Downey, Jr., opens May 7th) dreams of a soothing seaside escape but must first form new associations to fight his enemies. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) are along for the bumpy ride.

While vacationing in Italy, a young woman (Amanda Seyfried) finds among the many Letters to Juliet (opens May 14th) one left unanswered, sending her on a mission to find the lovers mentioned in the letter, but leaving her unable to attend the North Wildwood Original Italian American Festival.

Traveling through the town of Nottingham in the 12th Century, Robin Hood (Russell Crowe, opens May 14th) meets a beautiful widow (Cate Blanchett) and forms a mercenary gang to take from the rich and give unlimited Ocean Oasis access to the poor.

Feeling too domesticated in the animated land of Far Far Away, Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) makes a deal with Rumpelstilskin (voice of Walt Dohrn) landing Shrek Forever After (opens May 21st) in an ogre-hating world where he and Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) have never met and things like skeeball and soft ice cream don’t exist. He must fight to restore his boardwalk-loving life and reclaim his true love.

The Price of Persia (Jake Gyllenhaal) travels through The Sands of Time (opens May 28th) with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton), sharing a Pirates Day with Captain Kidd while battling a dark force searching for an ancient dagger that empowers its handler to dominate the world.

The Winslow’s (Owen Wilson and Judy Greer) (and their neighbors) must contend with their lovable Great Dane Marmaduke (opens June 4th) as he leaves sandy paw prints and chaos behind.

The A-Team (including Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, opens June 11th) consists of a framed group of Iraq war veterans living an AtmosFEAR existence as they try to clear their names with the U.S. military.

The Karate Kid (Jaden Smith, opens June 11th) and his single mom (Taraji P. Hanson) move to China, which lacks Go-carts and arcade-filled afternoons, leaving him more time for training under the master of self-defense (Jackie Chan).

When much-loved owner Andy leaves for college, the Toy Story (3) (opens June 18th) gang, including Woody and Buzz (voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) are left at a day care center, with visions of Carousel rides floating through their stuffed heads.

The Grown Ups (Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Selma Hayek, opens June 25th) recall long-ago lazy seaside days and starlit nights as they reunite for a Fourth of July weekend 30 years after their high school graduation.


While writing Letters to Juliet about the timeless magic that exists by the sea, the Grown Ups are distracted by the Karate Kid, who’s spending his pre-summer days kicking sand on Marmaduke (who is much too busy eating beachgoers’ ice cream treats to notice). Meanwhile, the Toy Story (3) friends remind their fellow beach-loving cast of characters that these soft spring days will soon end. With summer peeking around the sandy corner, the cast settle in for a “spring break” from the big screen to soak up the remaining springtime rays, enjoying each magical (movie-inspired) moment.

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