The Kings of Summer 2013

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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

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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11 of 12 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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2 of 2 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Frost on 17 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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. So the rental was a waste of time for us. Why is it so difficult to include this basic level of information? There's information in the main Amazon listings for most films. Why not the rental stuff as well?

I understand that not all film companies subtitle their films. More fool them. But that's not the issue. All I want to know is whether a film has subtitles or not when making a rental choice. If it doesn't then I won't rent it. If it does, then I will. Simple as that. But as it stands right now it's "best guess" from your rental list and I'm not prepared to waste my money like this any longer.

Come on LoveFilm/Amazon... I don't want to use the word Discrimination, but there's an estimated 9 million people in the UK with hearing problems. That's 1 in 7 of the UK population.

Isn't it time you got your act together and catered for the rest of us?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Nov 2013
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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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