10 Best Family Movies to Watch in Theaters This Summer

by IMDb-Editors | created - 03 Aug 2015 | updated - 24 Aug 2015 | Public

Now that we've reached the point in the summer season where it's unbearably hot, you might as well cool off in a movie theater. Summer blockbusters are still in full-swing, and there are a surprising amount of family-friendly films to choose from. From the brilliantly animated Shaun the Sheep to the epic adventure that is Mission Impossible, beat the heat by checking out a summer movie that the whole family can enjoy. — Mehera Bonner

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1. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 545,810 | Gross: $356.46M

Rating: PG. Pixar's Inside Out is made for adults and kids alike: It's moving, emotional, nostalgic, and — like literally every Pixar movie before it — completely hilarious and visually amazing. Watch it once, and then stay in the movie theater and watch it again. Just be warned: You and your little ones might tear up during some of the weightier emotional moments, but the overall message is about the upside of understanding your emotions.

2. Minions (2015)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

56 Metascore

Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a supervillain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin

Votes: 196,572 | Gross: $336.05M

Rating: PG. Let's be honest: The best part of Despicable Me was the minions. These completely deranged-yet-lovable creatures stole the show, and now they're taking over the big screen (and taking on Sandra Bullock's Scarlet Overkill) in Minions. There might not be a deep, metaphorical message in the movie (as is the case with Inside Out), but it's guaranteed laughs. It will hold even a squirmy toddler's attention for 90 minutes.

3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak | Stars: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber

Votes: 33,369 | Gross: $19.38M

Rating: PG. From the creator of Wallace and Gromit comes Shaun the Sheep, a mischievous ball of fluff who loves himself an adventure and accidentally ends up exchanging farm life for city life. Sheer hilarity. Aardman Animations is known for throwing a few adult-friendly jokes into their films, so don't worry — you won't be too bored as your children squeal with sheep-induced delight.

4. Ricki and the Flash (2015)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 21,134 | Gross: $26.82M

Rating: PG-13. Everything Meryl Streep touches turns to gold, so there's no reason to expect anything less than brilliance from Ricki and the Flash, the story of a woman who leaves her loved ones to pursue her dream of becoming a rock star. Streep co-stars with her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, which means this movie is next-level family-friendly. Expect to leave the theater with a new understanding of what family means — plus a few new songs to sing in the car on the way home.

5. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

Votes: 315,788 | Gross: $195.04M

Rating: PG-13. Tom Cruise is back in action as special agent Ethan Hunt, who's tasked with taking down an organization of nefarious assassins called the Syndicate. Mission: Impossible movies are always full of action, humor and heroics, but keep in mind that they're for older audiences. Your teen will love watching Tom Cruise scale down buildings and beat up bad guys, but your 5-year-old? Maybe not so much.

6. Ant-Man (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 512,411 | Gross: $180.20M

Rating: PG-13. Marvel's Ant-Man is action-packed fun that will entertain both teens and parents. But the best part of the movie is the perfectly-cast Paul Rudd. This is the comedic actor's first superhero blockbuster, and something tells us it won't be his last. Basically, if your child loves himself or herself a Marvel movie, they won't be disappointed.

7. Pixels (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

27 Metascore

When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage

Votes: 121,251 | Gross: $78.75M

Rating: PG-13. Calling all arcade game enthusiasts! In case the previews didn't make it clear, Pixels is a movie wherein your favorite classic game characters (hi, Donkey Kong) come down from outer space and attack humanity. The only people who can save us? A bunch of gamers, obviously. The film will be a major win for kids who love going to the arcade even more than they love going to the movies, but it's a fun ride for audiences of all ages and interests. Except people who don't like Adam Sandler, that is.

8. Fantastic Four (2015)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

27 Metascore

Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell

Votes: 141,484 | Gross: $56.12M

Rating: PG-13. Nothing says summer like a superhero movie, and Marvel's Fantastic Four promises to be excellent. With Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch and Kate Mara as Susan Storm, the movie is poised to be a combination of truly exceptional acting and a super-fun plot. In other words, it's a home run. Plus, as we already mentioned, it's Marvel. Really, there's no going wrong with this one for the older kids — your family will love it.

9. Max (I) (2015)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

A military dog that helped American Marines in Afghanistan returns to the United States and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham

Votes: 24,201 | Gross: $42.65M

Rating: PG. Like most movies about dogs, you can expect Max to be extremely emotional and heavy on the inspiration. After all, this isn't an ordinary puppy we're dealing with: he's a hero, marine, and man's best friend. Note: This movie might be too sad for little kids, but audiences eight and up should be able to handle the surplus of puppy love.

10. Paper Towns (2015)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

After an all-night adventure, Quentin's lifelong crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith

Votes: 88,737 | Gross: $32.00M

Rating: PG-13. Basically the perfect movie for a young adult audience, Paper Towns is about a boy who chases after his childhood crush when she goes missing. Sweet, sentimental, and based off John Green's best-selling novel. (P.S. If your teen doesn't want to go with you, buy them tickets to go with their friends — it's a must-see.)

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