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10 summer movies that will help you escape reality for a couple hours

Inverse recently catalogued this summer’s movie releases and gave them an escapism score of 1-5. Here are the 10 movies that rated either a 4 or 5, to help you escape reality for a little while.

Scoob: Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are picked up by the superhero Blue Falcon who takes them away from the rest of Mystery Inc.

Escapism score: 5

A Whisker Away: Junior high student Miyo uses a magical mask that lets her transform into a cat to get close to her crush.

Escapism score: 5

Artemis Fowl: When his father is kidnapped by fairies who want a relic stolen by the Fowls returned, 12-year-old mastermind Artemis negotiates to get him back.

Escapism score: 4

A 2016 stage recording of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s acclaimed rap musical that chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the American Founding Fathers, is coming to Disney+. With the original cast!

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Tenet: A secret agent is tasked with preventing World War III.

Escapism score: 4

Warner Bros. Pictures

Mulan: A girl posing as a man joins the Chinese army to defeat northern invaders. Based on the ancient Chinese folktale and 1998 animated musical.

Escapism score: 5


An American Pickle: Herschel Greenbaum, an immigrant in 1920 Brooklyn, falls into a vat of pickles and is preserved for 100 years. When he awakes in 2020, he finds his only relative is Ben, a computer coder.

Escapism score: 5


The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run: SpongeBob SquarePants rescues his beloved pet snail, Gary, on a road trip across the seven seas. Along the way, SpongeBob reminisces on the origin story of how they met.

Escapism score: 5

Paramount Pictures

Bill and Ted Face the Music: Bill and Ted must record a new song in just 78 minutes — the universe depends on it.

Escapism score: 5

United Artists

The New Mutants: Misfit teenagers with mutant superpowers attempt to escape a secret facility where they’re held against their will.

Escapism score: 4

20th Century Fox

Check out Inverse's deep dive into summer movies here.

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