Family-friendly movies to watch during summer

Winter Rawson

With summer approaching just around the corner, a day of relaxation and movie-watching will be a requirement at one point.

Jaws (1975)

The famous Steven Spielberg movie, “Jaws,”  follows a series of shark attacks terrorizing the town of Amity Island. Fearing the loss of tourist revenue if the beaches close, the beach remains open and so does the threat of another shark attack. In order to stop the attacks, marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and a ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) set out to kill the shark.

Finding Nemo (2003)

With the sequel just around the corner, “Finding Nemo” tells the riveting tale is based around a  fish named Nemo (Alexander Gould) who is taken by divers. His father (Albert Brooks) sets out on a pursuit to get him back. He does this with the help of his new friend, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres).

Soul Surfer (2011)

Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, portrayed by Anna Sophia Robb, “Soul Surfer” is an inspiring film. Following a shark attack that takes her left arm, Bethany is determined to keep surfing, with or without an arm.




The Way, Way Back (2013)

Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Way, Way Back” perfectly captures the summer spirit. The movie follows Duncan (Liam James), the awkward protagonist, as he is forced into a summer vacation. Along the way, Duncan finds an unlikely friend in the outgoing Owen (Sam Rockwell), who works at the local water park and offers Duncan a job. This uplifting film is perfect for any age and is bound to make one laugh.

Camp Takota (2014)

YouTuber, Grace Helbig stars as the protagonist of  “Camp Takota,” Elise Miller. The film is directed by Chris and Nick Riedell. The film is about a woman who loses both her fiance and job in one day. In a drunken daze, Elise accepts a job at the summer camp she went to as a kid. Reuniting with old friends and trying to save the camp will turn into a bigger job than she had expected.