The Kings of Summer 2013

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(105) IMDb 7.2/10
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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.

Starring:
Megan Mullally, Moises Arias
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Kings of Summer

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Megan Mullally, Moises Arias, Gabriel Basso, Erin Moriarty, Priscilla Kaczuk, Nick Robinson, Nick Offerman, Craig Cackowski, Nathan Keyes, Cristoffer Carter, William Sonnie
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Genres Comedy
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 30 September 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Megan Mullally, Moises Arias, Gabriel Basso, Erin Moriarty, Priscilla Kaczuk, Nick Robinson, Nick Offerman, Craig Cackowski, Nathan Keyes, Cristoffer Carter, William Sonnie
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Genres Comedy
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 30 September 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Notascifigeek on 26 Jun. 2014
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It's always interesting reading different peoples take on films. This is the sort of film to attract wildly different reviews.
It's not action packed - it has slow dialogue and story telling - but it's not boring.
The Kings of Summer is a coming of age teen movie and gives you time to reflect on what each of the characters are feeling at any given moment. A teen's life isn't easy and can feel oppressive - hence the 'escaping it all to the woods'.

Two old friends and one new, try to run away from all of their troubles, each for their own reason. But living together in the woods isn't as easy as it seems and hiding away from the past won't release you from it's hold.

If you're a fan of Wes Anderson then there's a good chance you'll enjoy this.

I for one appreciate a film where I have time to take in all the moments and think 'How would I feel'?

:)
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By Skeadugenga TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2013
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If I hadn't committed to reviewing this I doubt whether I'd have watched beyond the first half hour. Joe and Patrick and the problems that they have with their respective families were a bit of a downer to start with. Patricks parents are quite amusing and I'd have liked to see a little more of them, but Joe's family situation was tragic, the only funny bits being what he does to his father by way of retaliation and the party that goes with a bang. I had more sympathy with Joe's father than any of the other characters.

So a plan of escape is concocted and off into the woods they go, picking up Biaggio - a third, frankly weird, companion on the way. The best bits of dialogue already appeared in the trailers; there are parts of this film which had me looking at my watch. Its the usual coming of age issues with added drumming, but the filming of the woods is glorious, so the scenery helped to pass the time. For the main part the acting is good as well, but the film just didn't engage me.

Maybe its because I've never been a teenage boy, but I did feel that I was missing out on something that the rave reviewers could see in it. Chords were not struck, but three stars for the cinematography and the occasional smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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Started slow, but once the foundations had been laid (narratively and actually physically in the film) it really took off. I fell in love with the plot, the characters and the setting. It blossomed into a perfect film, and finished all too soon. I would happily watch another two hours of the story, just continuing on from where the film leaves off, but that simply proves that the conclusion was executed perfectly. Everything was resolved that needed to be, and I was left aching for more - still frozen, slightly tense at the thought of that viscerally adolescent shack in the woods. I am a sucker for coming of age stories, but this managed to turn coming of age into so much more. I love it.
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