Summer is the time of year when all the blockbuster movies your children are begging you to see come out. As a parent trying to find fun, family activities can be a challenge. A movie is a perfect way to get out of the heat and fill up those long, lazy days of summer. A great tradition is to pick one day of the week and make it family movie night. You can let your children pick one of the many popular family movies, pack the whole gang in the car and head to the theater. Below is some information on the top five hottest, must see movies for Summer 2010 for all different ages.
Karate Kid –
The remake of this popular 1984 movie releases on Friday June 11th, 2010. Based on the original movie starring Ralph Macchio, Elisabeth Shue and Pat Morita best known from “Happy Days” on television. The update now stars Jaden Smith the son of popular actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Rated PG, the story follows Dre (Jaden Smith) who is being bullied at his new school in Beijing. Dre finds guidance from a unlikely source the school’s janitor, a secret Karate master played by Jackie Chan. This heart warming story has a wonderful message and the scenery of China is stunning, a great story with heart.
Toy Story 3 –
The third in Pixar’s wildly popular Toy Story movies releases on June 18th. I even have to admit this is one I am excited about going to see with my family. The story picks up with a all grown up Andy now going off to college his toys are donated to a preschool, they then begin their journey to get back to Andy. Rated G perfect for children and adults, it is also available to be seen in 2 or 3-D. Parents will recognize the voices of top actors like Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles, Jon Ratzenberger, Bonnie Hunt and Joan Cusack. The visual effects are stunning and everyone will be touched by the final in the story of Woody, Buzz, Bullseye, Slinky Dog, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm and Jessie.
The Last Air Bender –
On July 2nd fans of the popular television anime series “Avatar” seen on Nickelodeon can now see it translated into a movie. My oldest daughter is a huge fan and can not wait to see this popular cartoon on the big screen. It is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who is known for the chilling movie “The Sixth Sense”. Those who are not familiar with the TV series, it is about a boy named Aang who has the ability to the four elements ari, water, fire, and Earth. With the help of his friend Katara, and his brother Sokka they set out to try to restore balance in their land being torn apart by war. This is movie is meant to be the first must-see of multi-part saga.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse –
Probably the most anticipated movie for teenagers is the third installment in the insanely popular Twilight movies based on the worldwide best selling books. Coming out on June the 30th this movie is rated PG-13. Again starring Kristen Stewart as Bella, Robert Pattinson as Edward, Taylor Lautner as Jacob, this movie is sure to break box office records. This summer movie is intended for families with older children, I have seen the first two and I am eagerly anticipating this one. In this movie Bella is torn between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob who wants to be more. They must also contend with a new army of vampires that have been on a killing spree in Seattle, who are now coming to Forks. As with the first two Twilight movies this one is sure to not disappoint.
Despicable Me –
July 9th is the release date for this cute 3-D animated movie. The trailers and clips of this movie have been extremely popular on Yahoo kids, this could be the surprise hit family movie of the summer. The animated characters are voiced by well known actors like: Steve Carell, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Jason Segel and Miranda Cosgrove from the extremely popular Nick show “iCarly”. The main character of the movie Gru is a super-villain who plans to steal the moon. His plan is sidetracked when three orphaned girls wander into his secret underground lair and want him to be their Dad. The story is cute and funny, the 3-D effects look amazing, there is a roller coaster ride in the movie that seems remarkably real. Rated PG, but suitable for most all children and even older family members will enjoy the humor.