Summer vacay will be here before you know it, and you’ll soon be tasked with filling those three amazing months with fun. Start by heading to the theater to check out the newest kid flicks debuting in 2017. Common Sense Media put together a comprehensive guide of the top movies to watch this summer along with their signature reviews that’ll help you discern whether the movie is appropriate for your family. Flip through the gallery for their picks.

Debuting in May

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
Target age:
 Tweens and teens
What's the buzz? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the follow-up to Marvel's hit sci-fi adventure about a team of outlaws who band together to battle space bad guys. The whole gang returns, including pilot Star-Lord (a.k.a. Peter Quill) (Chris Pratt), aliens Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista), and talking raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper). Even talking tree Groot (Vin Diesel) is back, although now he's a baby. The first movie had some salty language, action violence, and a few sexual references, so expect the same in the sequel. But unless the formula has changed a lot, this action-packed superhero movie will likely be fine for older tweens and teens.

For the full list of all summer releases hop on over to Common Sense Media. Trust us—you’ll want to bookmark their summer movie guide. 


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