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Family Summer Fun: 8 Movies to Watch

July 06, 2022

A guide to family movies to watch in summer 2022.

 

Family summer fun is all about spending time together. School's out, the days are long and enjoyable activities abound. For many families, a traditional summer ritual is watching movies together. Check out these eight new titles that are perfect for any age. You can say “Family Summer Fun" into the Contour Voice Remote to access these titles, as well as a full list of family-friendly movies.
 
Hollywood Stargirl
In the sequel to the 2020 jukebox musical Stargirl, the title character and her gorgeous voice head to the bright lights of Hollywood. Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal) and mom Ana (Judy Greer) move to Los Angeles. With her head full of dreams and possibilities, Stargirl becomes involved with aspiring filmmaker Evan (Elijah Richardson) and disillusioned singer-songwriter Roxanne Martel (Uma Thurman).
Watch on Disney+
 
Father of the Bride
This Hollywood classic gets another reboot for a new generation of tweens, teens and their parents. The latest version adds some Latin flavor by focusing on a large Cuban-American family. When his daughter gets engaged, dad Billy (Andy García) dives into planning the perfect wedding. That includes hiding the fact that he and her mom Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are on the verge of divorce, playing nice with their future Mexican in-laws and coping with the bride and groom's modern wishes.
Watch on HBO Max 
 
Rise
Based on an extraordinary true story, the movie chronicles the humble beginnings and subsequent ascent of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his talented basketball-playing brothers Thanasis and Kostas. After moving from Nigeria to Greece, parents Charles and Vera struggle to provide for five children. When they aren't selling trinkets to tourists, Giannis (Uche Agada) and Thanasis (Ral Agada) play basketball with a local youth team. On the court, they work hard to hone their innate abilities and become world-class athletes.
Watch on Disney+
 
The Sea Beast
Oscar-winning writer/director Chris Williams (Big Hero 6, Moana) is behind this thrilling animated adventure. Jacob Holland is famous for hunting terrifying sea monsters roaming the seas. Maisie Brumble is a young girl who stows away on his ship in pursuit of an epic and unforgettable journey. Together, they find themselves sailing into uncharted waters as they track a mythical creature.
Watch on Netflix (July 8)
 
LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation
The new LEGO Star Wars special sends heroes Rose, Rey, Finn, Poe and Chewbacca on a much-deserved vacation after defeating Emperor Palpatine. On their trip, they visit iconic locations and run into Star Wars favorites like Leia, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and C-3PO. But like any family vacation, things don't go according to plan.
Watch on Disney+ (Aug. 5)
 
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
The animated superhero comedy is a continuation of the Nickelodeon series that ran from 2018 to 2020. Just like the series, the movie depicts Raph, Donnie, Leo and Mikey as teens using their mystic powers to battle villains. The Ninja Turtles face perhaps their greatest challenge yet when a mysterious stranger from the future issues a dire warning. Leo must rise up to lead his brothers against an invasion by the Krang.
Watch on Netflix (Aug. 5)
 
Secret Headquarters
Owen Wilson follows up his first foray into superhero storytelling, Loki, by starring in this family-friendly action comedy. Charlie Kincaid and his friends discover the headquarters of the world's most powerful superhero hidden right beneath his home. Have they unmasked Charlie's dad? When villains attack, the kids must team up to defend the hideout and save the world. 
Watch on Paramount+ (Aug. 5)
 
13: The Musical
Ariana Grande made her professional debut in the Broadway musical 13, which was the first production to feature an all-teen cast and band. The story chronicles Evan Goldman's move from New York City to a small town in Indiana. As he grapples with his parents' divorce and his new school's social scene, Evan must also prepare for his impending bar mitzvah.
Watch on Netflix (Aug. 12)
 
More Family Summer Fun
Movies aren't the only thing to watch with the family this summer. Plenty of kid-friendly shows will be streaming on Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max and other services available through Cox Contour. Titles to look for include the Netflix series Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight and the Disney+ Marvel project Ms. Marvel. Plus, new family movies become available every month on streaming.

 

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