Summer is the big season for movies made for teens and tweens. The summer of 2013 should not disappoint. I have updated the summer movies included in my list of 55 Movies for Teens 2013, because many new films were added since I wrote that list and some dates were changed. Have fun at the movies this summer.
1. Iron Man 3 – (5/3) Sequel to the Iron Man comic book series starring Robert Downey Jr.
2. The Great Gatsby – (5/10) Adaptation of the classic book starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Not sure how teens will feel about seeing this literary classic portrayed on film.
3. Peeples – (5/10) Romantic Comedy starring Craig Robinson (The Office) and Kerry Washington (Scandal).
4. Star Trek Into Darkness – (5/17) Sequel to the 2009 Star Trek film, again directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock.
5. Epic – (5/24) Computer animated fantasy drama in 3D based on the children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Starring Amanda Seyfried and Josh Hutcherson.
6. Now You See Me – (5/31) Another thriller, this film looks to be a big hit. “The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Michael Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.” Also starring Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher.
7. The Kings of Summer – (5/31) Three teenage friends, looking to find independence, spend the summer in the woods building a house. Indie movie premiered at Sundance with a great cast including Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.
8. Much Ado About Nothing – (6/7) An adaptation of the Shakespeare play that should be very interesting, especially to Joss Whedon fans. Whedon wrote, directed and produced this film and it stars many actors from the Whedonesque universe, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher. (I can’t wait to see this!) Fans of Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse will be flocking to this movie.
9. After Earth – (6/7) A post-apocalyptic thriller starring Will and Jaden Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
10. The Internship – (6/7) Comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as salesmen whose careers are now obsolete in the digital age. They talk their way into a Google internship and must compete with the most talented minds coming out of college. (I did say comedy).
11. This is the End – (6/12) This comedy has the actors playing a fictional version of themselves after an apocalypse. Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, David Krumholtz, Mindy Kaling, and Aziz Ansari.
12. The Bling Ring – (6/14) A group of teens obsessed with fame, track celebrities online and break into their homes. This is based on a true story and stars Emma Watson and is directed by Sofia Coppola.
13. Man of Steel – (6/14) Another reboot of the Superman franchise, this time starring Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. 3D
14. Monsters U – (6/21) Prequel to Pixar’s Monsters Inc. again starring John Goodman as Sully and Billy Crystal as Mike. Mike and Sully meet in college and become frat brothers.
15. The Lone Ranger – (7/3) Action comedy in the old west with Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto.
16. Despicable Me – (7/3) Sequel to Despicable Me with Steve Carell as Gru.
17. Pacific Rim – (7/12) Science fiction 3D film in which soldiers piloting giant robots battle giant mosters.
18. Grown Ups 2 – (7/12) Sequel to the Adam Sandler comedy with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Taylor Lautner, David Henrie, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nick Swardson, Cheri Oteri, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Milo Ventimiglia, Maria Bello, Aly Michalka and Maya Rudolph,
19. Turbo – (7/17) Computer Animated Sports Comedy about a garden snail who wants to become the fastest snail in the world. Ryan Reynolds stars as Turbo the snail. DreamWorks Animation.
20. Girl Most Likely – (7/19) Comedy starring Kristen Wiig. She stages a suicide to try to win back her ex and instead she winds up having to live with her eccentric mother, played by Annette Bening. Darren Criss (Glee) also co-stars.
21. R.I.P.D. – (7/19) Action comedy based on the comic book Rest in Peace Department about undead police officers. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.
22. Wolverine – (7/26) Hugh Jackman is Wolverine again in the sixth film of the X-Men series.
23. The Spectacular Now – (8/2) Based on a novel, a hard-partying high school boy meets an atypical nice girl. Starring Shailene Woodley, Oscar nominee from The Descendants and star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
24. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters – (8/7) Sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief based on the Percy Jackson YA book series.
25. Planes – (8/9) Planes is a spinoff of Pixar’s Cars and Cars 2. It was originally planned for a straight to video release.
26. We are the Millers – (8/9) A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts.
27. Kick Ass 2 – (8/16) Sequel to the 2010 film. The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume.
28. The To Do List – (8/16) Romantic comedy taking place on Valentine’s Day about a high school graduate (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation) who thinks she needs more experience with sex before going to college. Also starring Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg.
29. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – (8/23) Based on the first book of the YA fantasy series The Mortal Instruments. Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns that her mother was a Shadowhunter, which are half-angel, half-human warriors and that she too has the powers of one and tries to harness her powers in time to save her mother.
30. One Direction Concert Movie – (8/30) In 3D. The hottest boy band since The Jonas Brothers.
Have fun this summer at the movies.