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Atlanta’s long history of craptacular films continues

There have been exceptions, but when I think of movies made in Atlanta I can’t help but remember gems like “The Slugger’s Wife” and “Freejack.”

It’s only gotten worse.

The Billy Crystal-Bette Midler movie “Us and Them” is filming in Alpharetta and the Vince Vaughn-Ben Stiller-Adam Sandler movie “Neighborhood Watch” is filming in west Cobb County this week.

The suburban location fits the latter movie well. They play a group of suburban dads who somehow stumble onto a nefarious plot to take over the world, and thus are pressed into service to save the planet.

Vaughn was in Atlanta a year ago to make “The Dilemma” with fellow comic titan Kevin James. The “Footloose” remake, opening Friday, was filmed here. So was “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” which features a godawful cast (Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez) in a “comedy” about expectant mothers.

Almost makes an Atlantan yearn for “Cannonball Run” and “Sharky’s Machine.”

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