Monday, May 17, 2010


Although summer doesn't technically begin until June, when it comes to summer movies, the season begins in May. Summer is the time for blockbuster films and movies aimed at kids and teens. Below are the movies that teens and/or tweens will most likely want to see this summer.

Iron Man 2 - (5/7) Sequel directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson.

Letters to Juliet - (5/14) Romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried, very hot right now after her hit movie Dear John. Two romances are involved - A young one with Amanda and a much older one featuring Vanessa Redgrave.

Racing Dreams - (5/14) A coming of age story of three tweens that dream of racing in NASCAR, this film won awards at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

MacGruber - (5/21) A comedy based on the Saturday Night Live sketch, starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillipe.

Shrek Forever After - (5/21) The fourth and final film in the Shrek franchise, this one is in 3-D.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - (5/28) Action, adventure, fantasy film based on the video game. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (which means a big special effects movie) and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Get Him to the Greek - (6/4) Although rated R, and not for younger teens, older teens will be the prime audience for a comedy starring Jonah Hill and Russel Brand. This is a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Marmaduke - (6/4) Based on the comic strip, this is a live action film with a computer generated dog, voiced by Owen Wilson.

The Karate Kid - (6/11) A remake of the original, produced by Will Smith and starring his son Jaden Smith. Jackie Chan plays the teacher.

Toy Story 3 - (6/18) Second sequel to the hit Pixar animated film has Andy now departing for college and the toys wind up at a day care center.

Grown Ups - (6/25) Ensemble comedy with many of the funny men that teens love - Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Kevin James. Many other SNL alums and other stars round out the ensemble.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - (6/30) Adaptation of the third book of the Twilight series.

The Last Airbender - (7/2) Live action adaptation of the animated TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. The word Avatar was removed from the title of the film to prevent confusion with the Avatar currently in theaters. This is the first in a trilogy about a 12 year old boy/avatar, whose duty it is to protect the world.

Despicable Me - (7/9) Computer animated 3D comedy starring Steve Carell, who plays the world's second best super villian who tries to outdo the top super villian voiced by Jason Segel.

Inception - (7/16) For older teens, Inception is a sci-fi thriller that takes place within the architecture of the mind. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Ellen Page (Juno).

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - (7/16) Another Jerry Bruckheimer produced film, this Disney family adventure is a re-imagining of the Sorcerer's Apprentice part of Fantasia with live people. It stars Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel (Undeclared, Tropic Thunder).

Dinner For Schmucks - (7/23) Comedy remake of a French film, The Dinner Game about a stupid man that can ruin lives. Starring Steve Carell (he seems to be in every movie this year), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Paul Rudd, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Andrea Savage.

Ramona and Beezus - (7/23)  Based on the book by Beverly Clearly, it stars teen favorite Selena Gomez.

Beastly - (7/30) Fantasy romance based on the novel. Starring some teen favorites, Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Mark Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris.

Step Up 3-D - (8/6) The third installment of this dance franchise, now in 3-D

The Other Guys - (8/6) A comedy action film starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as NYPD detectives.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - (8/13) Based on the popular comic book series by Bryan Lee O'Malley, the film stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim.

Piranha 3-D - (8/27) A remake of the 1978 horror film, Piranha, this time in 3-D. Only for older teens.


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