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.

Despicable Me 3 (June 30)
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What's the buzz? Despicable Me 3 is the third movie in the hit animated series about reformed supervillain/happy adoptive father, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell). This "threequel" brings back old favorites -- like the ever-popular Minions and Gru's girlfriend, Lucy (Kristen Wiig) -- as well as new characters, including Gru's twin brother, Dru (also Carell). And, of course, there's a new villain out for world domination: Bathalzar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star from the '80s who can't give up his old character (or his old style choices). As with the first two movies, expect some comic pratfalls, cartoon violence, and creative but minor insults. But overall, this promises to be a fun choice for kids and parents to enjoy together, with lots of laughs and positive messages.

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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