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Memorial Day in the United States marks the start of summer for many youth in the country. Our eldest son graduated from high school last week. It also marked the end of the school year for my 6th grader. So, our house is mostly in full summertime mode which includes catching a few movies. After polling my older boys, I’ve pulled together a list of must see summer movies for teens (Or even young adults…) in theaters this year. Note~ Some links here are to Amazon and are affiliate links. Thanks in advance to anyone who elects to purchase something through them.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
While this one hit movie theaters earlier this month, it is still a hot movie for teens to see this summer. All the familiar AVENGERS characters are here: Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor. The movie synopsis is: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Pitch Perfect 2
Let me just say that this movie is NOT just for the gals. My eldest son and I thoroughly enjoyed Pitch Perfect and can’t wait to see this sequel. The a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, is back and headed to an international competition. Like before, they are told they won’t win because they are from the United States. Like before, they refuse to give up and set their eyes on the top prize.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Tomorrowland
I always enjoyed visiting Tomorrowland at Disneyland or Disney World. The science geek in me just loved experiencing this section. If I ever get my boys there, I’m sure they’ll agree. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Poltergeist
Okay, I have to admit that the original Poltergeist (1982) gave me nightmares for a while and the desire to never eat ground beef again. Well, I got over that aversion (hamburgers are too tasty), but still get that sick feeling in my stomach thinking about that kitchen scene. We won’t even talk about freaky looking clowns… As movie makers like to take something old and make it new, we have a new version of Poltergeist for the modern teens. I expect better special effects, but nothing huge to improve on a horror classic. Described as a revisionist take on the classic horror film in which a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Spy
This comedy is a definite must see for my eldest son and I. Melissa McCarthy is a great comedienne and the trailers for this film have me waiting for the day it hits theaters (June 5th.) Given its R rating, I suspect there’s some language and situation comedy that is best left for the older teens. Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Jurassic World
Do dinosaurs ever go out of style? My almost 12 year old just watched the original Jurassic Park movies and can’t wait for this one. 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a dinosaur adventure park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Patel Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires. This one hits theaters on June 12th.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Terminator: Genisys
Sequels to powerhouse films tend to make an appearance during the summer line up. If you enjoyed the previous Terminator films, then this one is probably on your radar. It hits theaters on July 1st. The rating hasn’t been noted, but I suspect it will be R like the other films. The Terminator franchise launched in 1984 with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character and spanned three subsequent films, which have earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ AntMan
MARVEL lovers will be flocking to see this movie. I enjoy films with Paul Rudd in them and can’t wait to see what he does with this one. It will be in theaters on July 17th. The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Action adventure films are a favorite in our house, including the previous Mission Impossible movies. This new one in the franchise releases on July 31st. Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Ethan Hunt’s highly effective but destructive Impossible Mission Force (IMF) has been disbanded by vengeful Washington bureaucrats such as the CIA chief (played by Alec Baldwin). But Hunt pulls his team together (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and newcomer Rebecca Ferguson) to battle the shadowy force known as “The Syndicate” and its elusive leader (Sean Harris).
Summer Movies for Teens 2015 ~ The Fantastic Four
If you need some more super hero movie action, this remake of The Fantastic Four will be in theaters on August 7th. I’ll share that my boys have mixed feelings about this remake. Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Which of these films have you seen or are looking forward to seeing?
If you have a teen or young adult in the house, what genre of movies tends to be their favorite?
For more fun summer entertainment ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Patriotic Origami Books & DIY by In Our Spare Time
- 3 Must-Watch Summer Teen Movie Marathons by My Kids Guide
- Ultimate Summer Reading List for Middle Graders by Pretty Opinionated
- 10 Books to put on your Summer Reading List by Mom Does it All
- Great Books to Read by the Pool by Style on Main
- Road Trip Inspired Movies on Netflix by Mom on the Side
- Summer Reading List for Teens and Tweens by Better in Bulk
- A Boy and His Dog: Feel-Good Movies for Canine-Loving Kids by Dogvills
- Summer Beach Reads by Upstate Ramblings
- Free Summer Reading Programs 2015 by The Guavalicious Life