42 Movies for Teens 2011

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30 Movies for Teens 2012 


2011 is the year of comic book characters and superheros in movies. It is also a big year for Steven Spielberg, sequels and prequels.

January
From Prada to Nada – An American take on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Two teenage sisters, after the death of their father, must make the change from leading a rich life to a poor one.
The Green Hornet – Comedy, starring Seth Rogen as the superhero.

February
I am Number Four – Big budget science fiction film, based on the teen novel, produced by Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. Aliens come to Earth disguised as teens after their planet is destroyed by rival species. Number Four settles down in Ohio and falls in love, however he is still being hunted by the enemy species. See more at I Am Number Four: App, Previews and More.
Hall Pass -Farrelly brothers film in which Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play husbands whose wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) have given them one week of freedom to do whatever they want, no questions asked.
The Roommate – A psychological thriller about a deranged college freshman (Leighton Meester) who becomes obsessed with her new roommate (Minka Kelly).
Justin Beiber: Never Say Never – Justin Bieber headlines his own film, which reinacts his rise to stardom alongside real-life concert footage in this 3D movie.

March
Rango – Computer animated comedy starring Johnny Depp about a chameleon that thinks he is a hero.
Sucker Punch – An epic action fantasy about a young girl in the 1950s attempting to escape an asylum with her inmate friends. Starring Emily Browning and a female ensemble cast including Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung.
Beastly – Fantasy romance movie retelling Beauty and the Best, set in NYC. Based on the book of the same name, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer.

April
Your Highness – Fantasy, comedy, adventure in which a slacker prince is forced to join his braver brother on a quest to rescue his brother’s fiancee. Starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman.
Hop – Live action and computer animated comedy in which an out of work actor accidentally injures the Easter Bunny and must take him in until he recovers. Starring James Marsden and Kaley Cuoco.
Hanna – A 14-year-old (Saoirse Ronan)  raised by her father (Eric Bana) to be a cold-hearted killing machine must learn how to be a girl.
Arthur – Remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore comedy, now starring Russel Brand.
Water for Elephants – Based on the best-selling depression era circus novel, Robert Pattinson finds work at a circus taking care of the animals and falls in love with Reese Witherspoon, the wife of an abusive animal trainer, Christoph Waltz.
Super – Indie film with Rainn Wilson, an average man who transforms into pseudo superhero when his wife leaves him. Ellen Page plays a sociopathic teen working at a comic book store who becomes his sidekick.
Soul Surfer – Based on the life of teen surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who survives a shark attack, although she loses an arm, but eventually goes back to surfing.
Prom – Disney teen comedy with several intersecting stories portraying the passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite.

May
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow in the 4th installment of the Pirates franchise.
Thor – 3D movie based on the Marvel Comics character.

June
X-Men First Class – The teenage years of the first team of X-Men to come out of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. Prequel to the original X-Men movie.
Green Lantern -Ryan Reynolds stars as the DC Comics character, The Green Lantern. Blake Lively plays his childhood sweetheart.
Super 8 – In what could be the blockbuster of the summer, J.J. Abrams wrote and directed this movie, based in 1979 as a tribute to Steven Spielberg’s 70s and 80s science fiction films. Spielberg is the producer. Not much is known about the plot other than what can be seen in the preview below:

July
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – The 3rd film in the series, Shia LeBouf returns without Megan Fox.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – The End.
Cowboys and Aliens – Alien spaceship crashes in the old west. Starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Harrison Ford.
Captain America: The First Avenger – Based on the Marvel Comics character, Captain America, starring Chris Evans. Joss Whedon is one of the writers.

August
30 Minutes or Less – Comedy about a pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) who is forced to rob a bank by two not so bright criminals. Also starring Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari with a cameo appearance by Taylor Lautner.
The Sitter – Comedy starring Jonah Hill as a student suspended from college that gets talked into babysitting. (moved to December)
Monte Carlo – Romantic comedy about three friends posing as wealthy socialites in Monaco. Starring Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester. Also with Cory Monteith of Glee.
Fright Night – A teenager discovers that his neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire, but nobody, including his mother, believes him.

September
Abduction – Taylor Lautner stars as a teenager who finds out that he was abducted as a baby and the parents that have raised him are not really his.

October
Footloose – Remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie about a rebel that tries to change things in a town where dancing has been banned. Now starring Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn it Up).
Now – Thriller about a society where nobody ages beyond 25, except for those rich enough to buy time. Starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. (Title changed to “In Time”)

November
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – The first half of the last book of the Twilight series. This half takes us from the wedding through the birth. Bella’s transformation is being saved for Part 2.
Puss in Boots – 3D animated Shrek spinoff of Puss’s early years.
Jack and Jill – Jack must deal with his twin sister Jill when she comes to visit and doesn’t leave. Adam Sandler plays both Jack and Jill and Katie Holmes is set to play Jack’s wife.
The Immortals – Fantasy, action, drama film set in ancient Greece in which a Greek warrior, Theseus, battles against imprisoned titans.
Happy Feet 2 in 3d – The sequel.
Rise of the Apes – The story of how the apes developed their intelligence in the onset of man’s experiments in genetic engineering, and the onset of the war for supremacy. James Franco stars as a scientist. (Moved to summer 2011)

December
Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn – Motion capture 3D film based on the comic books, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas – Six years after their last adventure, this one takes place in NYC with the duo looking for the perfect Christmas tree.
Hugo Cabret– Adapted from the children’s novel about an orphaned boy who lives between the walls of a Paris train station and looks after the clocks. Directed by Martin Scorcese. (Title changed to “Hugo”)

I’ve learned through the years that often movie schedules change during the course of the year. I will try to update this list as I learn of changes. Best to read link below.

See also: 
20 Movies for Teens Fall 2012 
22 Movies for Teens Summer 2012
30 Movies for Teens 2012 
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18 Best Movies for Teens Fall 2011
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