Big-Screen Cheat Sheet: Which Movie Should You See This Weekend?

From We're the Millers to Elysium, get the scoop on what's playing in theaters

Jason Sudeikis is forming a fake family in order to smuggle marijuana in We're the Millers, and Logan Lerman is searching for a mythical object in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. But that's not all: Dane Cook is also ready for take-off in Planes, and Matt Damon is fighting the system in the sci-fi flick Elysium. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?

'We're the Millers' (Aug. 7)

We're the Millers Review

Warner Bros. Pictures

Short Story: When suburbanite pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is told to drive to Mexico and smuggle marijuana over the border, he recruits a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) and two hapless teens to pose as his wife and kids and help carry out the job.
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What They're Saying: "Even in raucous R-rated comedies there's a line that is best not crossed. In its zeal to be outrageous, We're the Millers is tone-deaf, mistaking the cringe-worthy for edgy humor." -- USA Today

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33%

Good for Kids? Not exactly. The film's R-rating for crude sexual content, language, drug material and brief nudity should be warning enough. If not, here's what Common Sense Media has to say: "Although it ultimately has a fairly heartwarming message about the definition of family, this is far from a family movie."
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'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' (Aug. 7)

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters Review

20th Century Fox

Short Story: Based on the novel by Rick Riordan, the film follows Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and his friends as they try to find the mythical Golden Fleece.
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What They're Saying: "The sequel effectively executes its simple vision -- to provide clever PG entertainment for preteens whose parents are too strict to let them watch The Wolverine." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 32%

Good for Kids? Although Percy Jackson is only rated PG, Common Sense Media says the film "does include violence and peril-filled scenes (and a few presumed deaths) that could scare younger kids."
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'Planes' (Aug. 9)

Planes Review

Walt Disney Studios

Short Story: Crop-dusting plane Dusty (appropriately named, and voiced by Dane Cook) has one dream: to fly in a round-the-world race. The only problem? He's afraid of heights. It will take a healthy dose of courage, plus help from his high-flying friends, in order for Dusty to take on the competition. Additional voices provided by Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and John Cleese.
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What They're Saying: "Young children may enjoy the colors, may fall in love with Dusty, enjoy seeing him win in 3D and want to buy all the toys… but the story gives them nothing new, and nothing clever." -- IGN

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 23%

Good for Kids? Definitely! As expected from a Disney flick, Planes "looks appropriate for all ages," according to Common Sense Media.
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'Elysium' (Aug. 9)

Elysium Review

TriStar Pictures

Short Story: In the year 2154, only the wealthy are privileged enough to live on Elysium, a man-made utopia orbiting Earth. But when lower-class Earth inhabitant Max (Matt Damon) becomes desperate to save a friend, he pushes back against Elysium's legal system and ruthless Secretary of Defense, Delacourt (Jodie Foster).
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What They're Saying: "People expecting another District 9 or who expect a little more substance from their science fiction films will most likely be disappointed by Elysium, but those who like their videogame-style sci-fi shoot-em-ups will have no problem here." -- FOX News

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 69%

Good for Kids? The R-rated Elysium deals with class and immigration issues, which might not make it the most thrilling film for young viewers. In addition, Common Sense Media says the movie includes "plenty of violence, heavy political themes, mature content and strong language."
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'2 Guns' (Aug. 2)

2 Guns Review

Universal Pictures

Short Story: Meet the newest Odd Couple: DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and NCIS officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). After unsuccessfully tag-teaming the demise of a Mexican drug lord, both men are thrown into the middle of a CIA scheme that puts them in serious peril.
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What They're Saying: "[Director Baltasar] Kormakur shows he knows his way around an action movie better than most, keeping the pace quick, the banter lively and the old-school, mostly CGI-free thrills delivering right on schedule." -- Variety

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%

Good for Kids? Not exactly. The R-rated flick, which includes "lots of crime, violence, strong language and sex" (according to Common Sense Media), is best suited for viewers 18 and older.
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'The Smurfs 2' (July 31)

The Smurfs 2 Review

Columbia Pictures

Short Story: In an attempt to recreate the Smurfs' magic, evil nemesis Gargamel (Hank Azaria) creates mischievous creatures called Naughties, and kidnaps Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) with the hope that the Naughties will corrupt her. Also starring Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays.
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What They're Saying: "Just as with the 2011 film The Smurfs, the new The Smurfs 2 is a passable mediocrity." -- Los Angeles Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 13%

Good for Kids? Despite some "edgy humor" and "a few situations that could be scary for really young kids," Common Sense Media says The Smurfs 2 is a family-friendly summer movie.
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