Cobb County has been the backdrop for blockbuster movies, independent films, fun television shows, and everything in between. Whether you’re looking to laugh out loud, step back in history, or sing along to a few songs, our list of sweet films to stream while social distancing will provide hours of entertainment. Right now, staying home is more important than ever. So, throw on your comfiest clothes, grab your favorite snacks, and get ready watch some sweet movies that have put Cobb County on the big screen. Each of the films is available to stream or rent from the comfort and safety of your own home. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any locations that might look familiar!
MOMENTS IN HISTORY
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.
Filming Locations: A wind tunnel at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta; a hangar at the General Lucius D. Clay National Guard Center in Marietta
In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. Harding’s life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she’s forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history.
LAUGH OUT LOUD
Max and Annie’s weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party — complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.
Filming Locations: A home on Prado Lane in Marietta
Remembering fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, Rusty Griswold surprises his wife and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America’s favorite fun park. Following in his father’s footsteps, Rusty and the gang pack up the car and hit the road for some much-needed family bonding. Soon, the promise of fun turns into one misadventure after another for the next generation of Griswolds and anyone who encounters them.
Filming Locations: Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL
Young Greg Heffley is looking forward to a long summer of just hanging out, but his mother throws a monkey wrench into his plans when she forces the entire family to take a road trip for a relative’s birthday celebration. His eyes soon light up after he realizes that the excursion is his ticket to a gaming convention to meet YouTube sensation Mac Digby. Greg’s imagination then kicks into overdrive as he sneakily hatches a scheme to attend the expo and gain some much-deserved fame.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
REMEMBER THE TITANS
In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas, each playoff distinguished more grandly than any national holiday. And with such recognition, comes powerful emotions. In 1971, high school football was everything to the people of Alexandria. But when the local school board was forced to integrate an all-black school with an all-white school, the very foundation of football’s great tradition was put to the test.
Filming Locations: Sprayberry High School in Marietta
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Willis Embry is a jail psychologist whose girlfriend has left him. He has no time to be sad because a very ill old man tells him about a robbery and the millions of dollars hidden somewhere. The old man asks Willis to find it and give a part of it to his relative, and he can keep the rest. But the bad guy next door has heard the whole thing.
FEEL THE MUSIC
Being a teenager is tough, and no one knows this better than Ren McCormack, a city kid with a strong feeling for music. Ren’s life changes when he moves to a small town where rock-n-roll and dancing are criminal activities. When Ren falls in love with the reverend’s daughter, Ariel Moore, the music pauses and Ren needs to shape up or make dancing a legal activity once again.
Filming Locations: Acworth Presbyterian Church in Acworth; Electric Cowboy in Kennesaw; R.L. Osborne High School in Marietta
Hard times have fallen on Pacashau, GA, but the townspeople have faith that the Divinity Church Choir will lift their spirits by winning a national competition. The choir has always made beautiful music, but now, its two leading ladies have hit a sour note. Vi Rose believes that a traditional style is the key to victory, but G.G. thinks tried-and-true means tired-and-old. The two singers must find a harmonious chord or risk losing everything.
Filming Locations: Howard’s Restaurant in Smyrna
PITCH PERFECT 3
After the highs of winning the world championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.