10 Summer Movies You'll Want To See

  • June 13, 2011
  • Jenna Maxwell

The first days of summer are nearly upon us.  You probably already have begun to conjure up some ideas in your mind of how you are going to keep your kids and your family busy and actively engaged over the long summer days.  An easy family outing that any family can participate in is a day at the movies.  A movie is a great way to escape the heat of a summer day and with all the exciting summer blockbusters to entice you, you can be assured of having some great entertainment as well. 

One of the challenges of going to the movies can be finding a film that all members of the family are equally excited about seeing.   Sometimes the movies that your kids are interested in aren’t necessarily the ones you would choose to see first.  Fortunately, this summer’s hot movie list has many choices that are bound to be hits with your entire family.  Here’s our list of upcoming summer movies that your kids are going to want to see that we think you are going to enjoy as well. 

Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides

Johnny Depp reprises the role of Jack Sparrow on another crazy action packed adventure bound to be entertaining for your entire family.  In this latest sequel, Jack sets out to find the Fountain of Youth and in the process reconnects with a woman from his past.  Has Jack found true love?  Or is he being duped by this woman (Penelope Cruz) as she beguiles him into her web of lies and forces him onto the vicious pirate Blackbeard’s ship, The Queen Anne’s Revenge.   On his quest to find the Fountain of Youth, now Jack our slightly cockamamy buccaneer finds himself in the middle of a zany adventure where he is unsure who to fear most, this woman from his past or Blackbeard himself. 

Kung Fu Panda

The saga of Po the Panda (voice of Jack Black) continues as he and his cohorts, known as the Furious Five encounter a new and evil villain.  The maniacal scoundrel, Lord Shen (voice of Gary Oldman) has a secret and unstoppable weapon and is set on the destruction of China and the martial arts.  Po and his furious friends are on a mission to seek out the enemy and overpower it. 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) hasn’t always been the nicest guy.   Little did he know however that in his quest to have an arctic adventure he would become suddenly housemates with 6 adorable and very energetic live penguins.  Jim Carrey adds his own quirky and hilarious dimension to this 1938 children’s book character.  This movie is bound to delight you and your children as Mr. Popper adjusts to the shenanigans and hilarity that living with a bunch of penguins has created.   You will roll with laughter while the iciness of Mr. Poppers persona is melted down by his new arctic friends.

The Green Lantern

Based on the DC Comics strip of the same name, the Green Lantern Corps are a brotherhood of warriors that are sworn to protect intergalactic order and perpetuate peace and justice in the universe.  This powerful force has existed for many centuries but a vicious enemy called the Parallax threatens the balance of power in the Universe.  The fate of the Earth lies in the power of the Green Lantern and in the hands of their newest member, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds).  Hal is talented and smart but very arrogant.  The Green Lantern members are dubious about humans and a human has never fully adapted to the powers of the ring that gives each of them super powers.  Watch and see if Hal can overcome his struggles and overcome the powers of the evil Parallax.

Cars 2

Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) are back in action racing in the first ever World Grand Prix.   Of course there are a few bumps in the road including Mater getting involved in some international espionage!  Mater the tow truck is caught between helping Lightning race against the world’s fastest cars and getting involved in a clandestine spy mission of his own.

X-Men: First Class

The Marvel Comics heroes are recreated from the beginning of their saga back from the very beginning.  Before the identities of Professor X and Magneto even existed there were two young men just discovering their powers for the first time.  Before they declared themselves enemies they were actually very good friends and cohorts.  Together with other mutants they were going to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.  Over time, a disagreement ensued which began the legendary war between Magneto’s brotherhood and Professor X’s X men.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II

This is all she wrote, folks.  This Harry Potter film is the final installment of one of the greatest movie franchises of all time.  Harry will finally try to bring an end to his archenemy Lord Voldemort as he and his friends search for Horcruxes that hold pieces of Voldemort’s soul.  This movie will tie up all the loose ends and bring the infamous series to a close.  Don’t miss it. 

Captain America: The First Avenger

Born a sickly and frail child during the deep depression, Steve Rogers wanted nothing more than to serve his country in the armed services.  Even after being rejected because of his weakness, he still desired to serve his country.  Steve’s pleas to join the army are overheard by General Chester Phillips who then enlists him in a special experiment called: Operation Rebirth.  After being administered the Super Soldier Serum and being bombarded by “vita-rays” Steve Rogers emerges as a super power laden body as perfect as perfect can be and still be considered human.  After a rigorous training program he is given his first assignment as—Captain America.  Captain America continues his battle to protect the world against evil forces and retain liberty and freedom.

Spy Kids: All The Time in the World

Retired Spy Marissa (Jessica Alba) is about to be called back into action.  She’s a housewife, a mother and a television reporter.  Marissa’s bickering step -children Rebecca and Cecil (who clearly don’t want much to do with their step mom) are surprised to discover that their step mom is a former spy.  All familial differences must be set aside in order to deal with the fast approaching Armageddon, which possibly could be the impetus to bringing their dysfunctional family together as well.

Winnie The Pooh

Disney’s most beloved bear is back with his entire gang of characters for this latest Disney animated film that will surely become a classic.  Tigger, Eeyore, Roo, Kanga, Piglet and Christopher Robin are all back to have a wild and hare-brained adventure that is set in the 100-acre woods.