If the sweltering temperatures spanning from coast to coast did not already indicate the start of summer, than Hollywood’s steadily approaching roster of popcorn flicks sure does. Yes, it’s summer blockbuster season, and with movies ranging in theme from wizardry to drunken shenanigans to superhero origins, the 2011 lineup is sure to please everyone. Here’s a look at the ten most promising films coming to theaters this summer.
1. The Hangover Part II– May 26
The Wolfpack returns in this sequel to 2009’s surprise hit comedy. The Hangover Part II has already shattered box office records, which means it should be playing in theaters well into July. This adventure around, Stu, Phil, and Alan (and presumably Justin Bartha’s Doug, conspicuously absent from movie promos) jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Of course, the gang faces new alcohol-induced dilemmas. Let’s hope Stu writes another hilarious piano ditty to commemorate said dilemmas.
2. Super 8– June 10
J.J. Abrams’s ode to youth, filmmaking, aliens and ’70s nostalgia concerns a group of a teenagers who, while shooting a homemade horror film, encounter their own sci fi nightmare. Turns out, Ohio isn’t so boring after all as a train coming from Area 51 crashes and unleashes an alien creature. Expect Cloverfield starring the pubescent set.
3. Green Lantern– June 17
If Ryan Reynolds reciting the Lantern Corps Oath doesn’t give you the chills, then Ryan Reynolds in a bodysuit should. This superhero enterprise will surely appeal to fanboys and fangirls, whatever their motivators may be. Since we all want to forget that The Green Hornet ever happened, tune into this virid caper instead.
4. Bad Teacher– June 24
Cameron Diaz plays against type as the lazy, cynical self-absorbed title role alongside former real life BF Justin Timberlake. Awkward. If remembering back to your seventh grade teacher with the inaudible drone and penchant for C-As makes you squirm, Diaz’s character will make you want to send that teacher a box of chocolates.
5. Cars 2– June 24
The summer of the sequel brings Disney/Pixar’s follow up to Cars, the mass merchandise cash cow and international blockbuster. Will Pixar finally get it wrong? Doubtful. Down-home tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) plays globetrotter, until he gets mistaken for an international spy, in this flick for the whole family.
6. Monte Carlo– July 1
The requisite teen queen entry of the season is a frivolous, frothy confection of summer romances, mistaken identities, and Pretty Woman style shopping montages. In other words, this Selena Gomez starrer is the perfect guilty pleasure.
7. Horrible Bosses– July 8
Neither Jennifer Aniston nor Jason Bateman has proven themselves box office bait (hello, The Switch), but them + Charlie Day + Colin Farrell in a fat suit and comb over + a plot involving hit attempts and sexual harassment at the dentist’s = enjoyable raunchiness. Also, that title speaks to all of Middle America. Color us intrigued.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2– July 15
IT ALL ENDS. Enough said.
9. Cowboys and Aliens– July 29
There are two types of people in this world: those who eagerly await X-Men: First Class and those who eagerly await a sure-to-be-absurd-but-thrilling Jon Favreau film. If you are one of the latter, and even the promise of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender can’t outdo the lameness of the X-Men trailer, schlep yourself to the theater to view the macho and craggy Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford instead. What’s the movie about? Cowboys and aliens, of course.
10. The Help– August 12
Emma Stone gets an atrocious perm for this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller. Viola Davis and Sissy Spacek lend their support to the story of employer-employee domestic relations in 1960s Mississippi. While we’re sure book clubs across America will fly into a rage over some tiny altered detail, we’ll go to see smalltime director Tate Taylor’s effort for the Mad Men era fashion alone.
Entertainment Weekly Summer Movie Guide, Entertainment Weekly
Summer Movie Guide, IMDB
Summer Movies 2011, Moviefone