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Movies That Basically Double As Vacations

April 3, 2020 554 votes 61 voters 1.3k views22 items

List RulesVote up the movies that transport you straight from your couch.

What wouldn't we give to take a vacation right now? Even a trip to the park would be a welcome respite. In these very strange times, films set in gorgeous locations are about the closest we can get to the real thing. Let the movie magic transport you to Hawaii, Singapore, Australia, Italy, or one of a dozen other idyllic locales. Grab a drink and something yummy, and settle in for an adventure into the wonderful world outside your door without ever leaving your house. 

  • Hawaii provides a stunning backdrop to this hilarious breakup comedy. Rolling green mountains, sandy beaches, and an ocean full of surf-ready waves calm the soul while the cast provides constant laughs. What better guides can you have than Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Jason Segel?

    And it looks like they'd recommend Oahu's North Shore 10 times over.

    • Actors: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
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  • Take in the new sights, sounds, and surprises along with the lovely Constance Wu. Experience Singapore in style with the wealthiest families in the most decked-out, luxurious locales. Director Jon Chu said of the locale, "The island is just such a mishmash of commerce, of cultures, of food, of fashion."

    It's pretty, it's funny, and if you're missing your family... this movie might help you make peace with it!

    • Actors: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Jon M. Chu
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  • This upbeat movie musical takes place in Greece, mostly at a stunning hilltop hotel overlooking the wide open sea. While the story is based on a ficitional island in Greece, it was filmed on the real Greek island of Skopelos.

    Clean Grecian arcitechure, clear blue skies, and a light, fun story make this a vacation in and of itself. You'll find yourself wishing you were also dancing gleefully while you take in the fresh ocean breeze.

    • Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
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  • When couples come together in this tropical paradise to nurture their relationships, hilarity ensues. Mischief is made, flames are rekindled, and you are pleasantly pulled out of your bubble and into their world.

    Shot in stunning Bora Bora, French Polynesia, it looks like the perfect escape - even if the vacation requires therapy and lots of it. 

    • Actors: Kristen Bell, Malin Åkerman, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Alexis Knapp
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Peter Billingsley
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