Family Movies - Summer 2011

Family Movies – Summer 2011

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PoLike every summer, this summer is loaded with new family movies. The anticipation of children builds as most of these movies are accompanied by big toy releases or fast food marketing campaigns. We generally only see a few of the big summer blockbusters so we try to pick out the ones we really want to see, and decide which ones can wait for video or Netflix streaming.

Here are a few of the summer family movies that have either already been released or are opening soon.


Kung Fu Panda 2 

This is the only movie on the list we have seen.  I really liked this one because it was not just a rehash of the first movie and it had a great family message. The ending also seemed to indicate another installment of this movie will soon be in the making. In theaters.


judy_moodyJudy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

My son wants to see this one, mainly based on the elephant mishap in the preview. I fear I may be forced to go see this one. In theaters.


Mr. Popperโ€™s Penguins 

My son and I read this book last year and we loved it, so we were very excited when we heard it was being made into a movie. However, based on the previews, it appears to have been altered quite a bit. I am still deciding whether this is theater worthy, or if we should wait until it hits Netflix. In theaters.


Cars 2 

My children never really liked the original Cars movie all that much (I know, gasp!). This installment has a spy plot with lots of explosions and a political message, so it seems to be quite a departure from the first movie. I am thinking this may end up being a Netflix movie, or maybe we will go out to the drive-ins to save some money. In theaters.



My son has been begging to go see this movie since he saw the first preview. This is one we will go see in the theater. I like Kevin James for some reason. He is a total goofball, which is not usually my style of humor, but there is something about him I cannot help but like. Release date: July 8.


Winnie the Pooh

I may take my daughter to see this one as a mommy-daughter date.  I love Winnie the Pooh. He takes me right back to my childhood.  Swoon.  Release date: July 15.


smurfsThe Smurfs

I have been hearing about a Smurfs movie for some time. It is finally here and my kids couldnโ€™t care less. I tried showing them some Smurfs cartoons online and they were either bored or scared depending on the episode. So while the child in me wants to go see this 80s classic, it may be a Netflix movie in our household. Release date: July 29.


There are more movies being marketed as family films this summer, but I only listed a few here. Some of the other movies either donโ€™t interest us at all, or they do not make my list of what is child appropriate. I usually check out the movies we intend to see on Common Sense Media or Plugged In Online. Both of these sites give movie reviews from a family perspective. Plugged In has a tendency to give a lot of information which some may consider spoilers, so I tend to skim through, paying attention to the sections on profanity, sexual content, violent content, and I also read the conclusion.


So which summer family movies has your family seen?  Are there any upcoming movies your children are particularly excited about?  Feel free to leave a comment.  Share and letโ€™s talk about it.

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  1. Christine says

    YAY! I'm so glad to hear that Kung Fu Panda2 is good!!!! I'm looking forward to seeing it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Our daughter, Christi @ Frugal Novice, loved watching the Smurfs back in the 80's. ๐Ÿ™‚
    So glad you stopped by Friendly Friday!

  3. simplywalkingthroughlife says

    I would really like to see the Zoo Keeper! It looks like it will be insanely funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I think we will pick just 2 of these movies to see at the theater this summer. It's expensive! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I'm a new follower from the blog hop. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thank you for the reviews! We like to have a big family outing a few times each year to see a movie together. We've really wanted to see Cars 2, because we all loved Cars and our toddler is big enough now to enjoy movies. The explosions might be too much for him though…sounds like a Netflix movie then. Kung Fu Panda sounds pretty good though!

  6. The Mommy Blog says

    Great blog! New follower:

  7. Some good ones this year! We really want to see Cars 2.

  8. GuitarTrump says

    AH! So excited to see the Smurfs! XD What I'm REALLY excited about, though, is Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 – comes out in just a couple of weeks… HOORAY! You have a lot of great content here – following you! Can't wait to read more ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Hope you have an *amazing* day! ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. April Decheine says

    Stopping by from the Tuesday Blog Trail Hop. ๐Ÿ™‚ Following on GFC..

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