Summertime is always a time for movie buffs to look forward to, and the 2011 summer movies are worth the wait. The movie list is filled with sequels and superheroes, along with releases from major film stars such as Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and Julia Roberts.
Late May 2011
- The Hangover Part II - The original caused quite a splash at the box office in 2009. It made a star out of Zach Galifianakis. Now he's back, along with all his buddies. They travel to Thailand for another bachelor party.
- Kung Fu Panda 2 - Yet another sequel, this one's a follow-up to the animated DreamWorks film. Jack Black, Seth Rogen, and Jackie Chan voice Po and his friends. They are out to stop a villain who wants to conquer China and destroy Kung Fu.
- Cars 2 - The sequel to the animated picture about a race car brings back Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bonnie Hunt in the same roles. Lightning McQueen heads overseas to enter a contest that will determine the world's fastest car.
- X-Men: First Class - This one's more of a prequel then a sequel, and it's similar to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It goes back to the beginning of the X-Men, to when Professor X and Magneto were still friends as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, then became foes. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Kevin Bacon star.
- Green Lantern - Ryan Reynolds stars as The Green Lantern Corps' newest recruit, a cocky test pilot. He's the first human to ever become a Green Lantern. Blake Lively plays his childhood sweetheart.
- Mr. Popper's Penguins - Based on a children's book, it stars Jim Carrey as a house painter who writes letters to explorers discussing his dreams of exploring the Arctic region. One of the explorers sends him a penguin, which quickly turns into a whole brood of Arctic birds.
- Bad Teacher - Ex-couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake star in this film about a teacher with questionable behavior who tries to win the affections of a good-looking substitute teacher.
- Larry Crowne - Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts star together for the first time since Charlie Wilson's War. The title character finds himself out of a job after downsizing at his company. Starting over, he enrolls in the local community college.
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Shia LaBeouf is back for his third spin with this movie franchise, but this time he'll do it without Megan Fox. The story revolves around the competition between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. fighting for bragging rights to the space technology.
- Horrible Bosses - Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis star as three employees who are fed up with their bosses, played by Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Kevin Spacey. They have a few too many cocktails one night and cook up a plan to finish them off for good.
- Zookeeper - It's an animal version of Night at the Museum as the animals break their silence and talk to their zookeeper when they find out he's considering leaving. Kevin James stars, with Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, and Cher providing voices for the animals.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Part 1 was in theaters a year before, with Harry and his two friends, Ron and Hermione, on a mission to find and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction. Part 2 wraps up the film series.
- Friends with Benefits - A young man is convinced by a young headhunter in New York to take a job in New York City. While the two are attracted to each other, they also see that they are each what the other has been avoiding in a relationship. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis co-star.
- Cowboys & Aliens - The classic western meets the classic alien-invasion film. 1873 Arizona Territory experiences an aerial attack. Jon Favreau directs, with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford starring.
- Crazy Stupid Love - Steve Carell stars as a man who has it all ... until his wife divorces him. Unaware o fhow to be single, he spends his time hanging out in bars, then is invited to tag along with a younger guy (Ryan Gosling) to learn the ropes.
Early August 2011
- Smurfs - This long-awaited film has Neil Patrick Harris and Sofia Vergara starring on film, along with an animated cast of Smurfs, voiced by Katy Perry, George Lopez, and Jonathan Winters. The Smurfs will cross over from their village to New York City.
- The Sitter - Reflecting back on Adventures in Babysitting, Jonah Hill stars as a college student who lives back at home for a semester when he's suspended. He ends up babysitting the kids next door and has quite the adventure in the process.
Other 2011 Summer Movies
Other than the expected blockbusters, the other 2011 summer movies being released are:
- Monte Carlo
- One for the Money
- Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
- Winnie the Pooh
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Change-Up
Stars, Sequels, and Superheroes
It's a bonafide crop of films with blockbusters from one end of the summer to the next, with big name stars, sequels of previous hits, and not just one, but three superhero movies. Moviegoes will find find plenty to choose from with these selections, yet might find the offerings limited.