It’s that time of year again. Summer movie season is coming soon and already the commercials have begun and the articles are being written about this summer’s blockbusters. I am not even going to try to predict which movies will be hits or not. I am merely writing this to point out what I think will be the top 20 movies that teens will want to see this summer.
1. 5/1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Hugh Jackman continues to play Wolverine in this prequel to the X-Men Trilogy based on the fictional Marvel Comics character. (For Lost fans, Dominic Monaghan, aka Charlie, plays Bolt, a mutant who can manipulate electricity.
2. 5/8 Star Trek: The long awaited 11th film in the series, directed by J.J. Abrams (Lost). This film features the original Star Trek crew at an earlier point in time than the original series. Kirk is now played by Chris Pine (from the movie Just my luck) and Spock by Zachary Quinto (Heroes’ Sylar). We will see both of their back stories and learn how they met.
3. 5/8 Little Ashes: Robert Pattinson (Twilight) as Salvador Dali. Teenage girls will want to see it for that reason only. From what I’ve read about it, I’m sure it will have an R rating, so all the younger teen girls with crushes on him may be disappointed.
4. 5/21 Terminator Salvation: The 4th Terminator movie is set in 2018 and centers on the war between humanity and Skynet. Christian Bale now plays John Connor with Sam Worthington the new Terminator.
5. 6/5 Land of the Lost: Based on the 1974 TV series Land of the Lost (which somehow I have no recollection of), it stars Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride. The film is a comedy adventure where Will Ferrell plays a paleontologist who along with his assistant and a tour guide, get sucked into a strange world of dinosaurs and other strange creatures.
6. 6/12 The Taking of Pelham 123: The original 1974 movie was so well done that I can’t imagine how this can movie can possibly improve on it. One thing that the 2009 version has is an all-star cast including Denzel Washington, John Travolta and James Gandolfini. For those of you that never saw the original, The Taking of Pelham 123 is about the hijacking of a subway train.
7. 6/19 Year One: This movie stars Jack Black and Michael Cera and is directed by Harold Ramis and produced by Judd Apatow. Without knowing anything else about it, teens will be flocking to it.
8. 6/24 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Sequel to the 2007 Transformers film. This live action science fiction movie is also directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Shia LaBeouf.
9. 7/1 Public Enemies: The attempt of an FBI agent to stop John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during the years 1933 – 1934. The movie stars Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum and Billy Crudup and is based on Bryan Burrough’s book, Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34.
10. 7/10 I Love You Beth Cooper: Based on the bestselling book by the same name and starring Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) a nerdy valedictorian at a high school in Buffalo, NY, declares his love to cheerleader Beth Cooper during his graduation speech. This movie is directed by Chris Columbus who previously directed mega-hits Home Alone, the first 2 Harry Potter Movies and Mrs. Doubtfire.
11. 7/15 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Based on the 6th book of the series. Directed by David Yates, director of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The movie was originally supposed to be released in November 2008.
12. 7/17 (500) Days of Summer: A romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
13. 7/24 G-Force: A live-action/animated 3-D film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
14. 7/31 Funny People: This summer’s Judd Apatow film, written and directed by him and starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann. How many teens won’t see this movie?
15. 8/7 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Based on the 1982 and 1983 comic books stars Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid and Sienna Miller.
16. 8/14 Bandslam: Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) now playing a high school rocker.
17. 8/14 Post Grad: Alexis Bledel, aka Rory Gilmore, plays a college graduate who moves back home with her dysfunctional family.
18. 8/14 Taking Woodstock: Directed by Ang Lee, this comedy-drama is based on the autobiography “Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life”.
19. 8/14 The Time Traveler’s Wife: Based on the book by the same name (and one of my favorite books of all time) this beautiful love story stars Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) and Eric Bana. Not necessarily a movie for teens, teenage girls that loved The Notebook might want to follow Rachel McAdams to another romantic movie.
20. 8/28 H2: A sequel to the 2007 Halloween.
Which movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?