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.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (May 19)
Target Age:
 Big kids and tweens
What's the buzz? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the fourth movie in the series based on Jeff Kinney's super-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. In this installment, Greg Heffley (now played by Jason Drucker, rather than Zachary Gordon) convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great-grandmother's 90th birthday (his secret motive is to go to a local gamer convention). His parents, Frank and Alice (now Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone), load up the car, but things definitely don't go according to plan: Expect broken-down cars, crazy pigs, and more. The previous three movies had plenty of the potty humor and rude language that tweens seem to love, so expect more of the same this time around. Despite a totally new cast, fans of the earlier movies and the book series will likely be eager to see this sequel.

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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