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Kings of Summer [Blu-ray]

Nick Robinson , Gabriel Basso , Ross Riege    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Erin Moriarty
  • Directors: Ross Riege
  • Producers: Ryan Miller, Tyler Davidson, John Hodges
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: StudioCanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Coming-of-age comedy following three friends in pursuit of independence. Joe (Nick Robinson) has long suffered under his controlling father Frank (Nick Offerman) and when his home life ultimately becomes too much for him, he decides to build a house in the woods and begin living off the land. Knowing his best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) has also been struggling with the hold his parents have over him, he invites him along on the journey. With the help of local oddball and newcomer to the group Biaggio (Moises Arias), the trio commence building their new abode, but with this newfound independence comes greater responsibility and the three learn that the escape may not be as favourable as initially thought.

"The spirit of Stand By Me lives on"--Digital Spy
"Hilarious" ****--Total Film
"Brilliant" ****--Time Out

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 21 Nov 2013
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Us blokes of a certain age grew up with films of a certain quality, films which mirrored our own childhoods or which we wished we were real: The Goonies, Stand By Me, Eerie Indiana TV show, Back To The Future, and a host of other 80s classics. The coming of age movie has largely faded away for the new generations with barely any films of note in recent years. Super 8 was a fine attempt at recapturing the old glory, Son Of Rambow, was good, but the best 'recent' one I can think of is Now And Then, an underrated movie from the perspective of women and girls -from the mid nineties. I had heard a lot of positive feedback about The Kings Of Summer, but I made sure that I didn't read too much about the plot - All I really knew about it before watching was that it was being compared favourably to Stand By Me. The comparisons are fair - quality wise at least, but they are two very different films.

The Kings Of Summer is the film debut of Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and focuses on a group of friends who each, for various reasons, are sick of their home lives, and decide to run away from home to create their own paradise. The majority of the film follows the kids, just shy of adulthood, but the story doesn't shy away from showing the reactions of the respective families. I wouldn't want to give away any more of the story that that - not that there are any surprises or twists, but it is better to come to this without knowing too much.

The script is hilarious throughout, with all sorts of instantly classic one-liners, it doesn't get bogged down by any sentimentality at any point, and only at one point does it give way to what I would say was a cheap soap-like turn of events to propel the plot to its conclusion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 1 Oct 2013
By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE
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This is a really touching, sweet, funny, and quirky film. A coming of age story about three boys who struggle with their lives and families, so move into the woods to get away from everything and become men.
The film is full of odd balls which are funny and easy to love.

I recommend this film and will rewatch it many times myself. It's an easy going, chilled out movie to sit back and enjoy.

If you like:
moonrise kingdom
then you'll enjoy this. : )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good film 23 May 2014
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I'd heard good things about this film when it came out but never got round to watching it. I'm glad that I did. It's a great film that balances the angst of what it's like to be a teenager, with the endless possibilities that also come from being young. This is a great light-hearted film with moments of humour and a more serious underlying theme. Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie 7 May 2014
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This was one of the best movies I have seen.
With great camera work and a nice soundtrack this film was funny and refreshing.
I recommend this movie to those that have not seen it. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch 27 Feb 2014
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To some this film up into one word, it would be delightful.
The Kings of Summer is a hilarious summer feel good movie witch is simply a joy to watch.
The story is about two old friends and a third new friend going out into the woods for the summer to get away from their parents; they build a house, try hunt for food and build bonds between each other, towards the end of the film there is a conflict between the two old friends about a girl resulting in 2/3 friends leaving the house leaving Joe on his own in the house, one night Joe makes an encounter with a snake and becomes one with nature, unfortunately the morning after the girl and Joe's dad find him and the snake is still there, luckily someone comes back to save the day.

5/5 - Fun to watch
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The Kings of Summer feels like it wants to be this generation's Stand By Me, but unfortunately all too often comes across as a short film that's been padded out by too much comic contrivance that feels like it's just been haphazardly thrown at the film to bump it up to feature length. The central idea is good enough, with a trio of boys embarrassed by their parents deciding to run away and build their own house in the woods where no-one will find them and fend for themselves as men, and when its focussing on them it's modestly engaging. Unfortunately when it cuts away to the parents, the film shifts tone into sitcom territory, and two very different incompatible sitcoms. Nick Offerman is basically asked to reprise his blunt, dryly insensitive plain speaking persona from Parks and Recreations, which offers some amusing moments, but Megan Mullally's irritating mother all too often is handed non-sequiters and the odd racist tirade that don't convince and seem an all too desperate attempt to get some easy laughs. The boys' rites of passage are rather more convincingly sketched even if they're not immune from some of the same broad brushstrokes in the writing - wouldn't you know it, one of them's an oddball outsider with a plentiful supply of comic quirks - but despite some good performances and appealing widescreen photography the film can't help feeling a lot longer than its hour-and-a-half running time.

StudioCanal's DVD offers a nice 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with a 20-minute behind the scenes featurette the only extra (the US DVD and Bluray has a cast and director commentary, deleted scenes and three different short behind the scenes featurettes).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun film!
Absolutely love this film, Biaggio makes it for me
Published 3 days ago by Ashley Mather
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as interesting as the trailer
One of those movies where the trailer was more interesting than the movie itself. It is difficult to get the point of this movie, particularly if you were looking forward to a... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amara
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow going!
This is attractive scenery but very slow movie which only got good at the end. If you ever dreamed as a kid of living in the woods, then I guess it would be a good film to watch -... Read more
Published 8 days ago by R
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow, thoughtful and funny
It's always interesting reading different peoples take on films. This is the sort of film to attract wildly different reviews. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Notascifigeek
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
This is a waste of your time watching this rubbish !!! It is not in the least funny , it is boring and stupid.
Published 15 days ago by alfred c grimsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A nice movie about 3 teenage boys fed up with their lives at home, and wanting to get away from it all and be their own men, running away into the local woods. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars poor mans stand by me
Middle class kids building a hut in the woods nothing really happens feel very little attachment to the characters. Poor mans stand by me
Published 17 days ago by mr m t n nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars A very jolly film.
Watch this because I'd heard Mark Kermode review it, and it's a joy. Enjoyed the vision and dialogue, and there's a lot to laugh at. Read more
Published 22 days ago by R. Burdett
3.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles........a wasted rental for my family
This might be a decent film, but we will never know. Because this doesn't include subtitles and the LoveFilm/Amazon site neglects to put this information. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mr. C. Frost
3.0 out of 5 stars average
More suited to teenage viewers. Didnt really know where story was going but did have a little twist. 3 stars
Published 28 days ago by che14guevara
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