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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:
Craig Cackowski, Nick Robinson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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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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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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If David Gordon Green had made Son of Rambow, it might have looked something like this: a sunny and reasonably funny coming-of-ager from Sundance-ratified debutant Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Three high-school boys evade their overbearing families by constructing a new home in the nearby woods, hoping the task will make men of them; instead, inevitably, they grow bumfluffed, hungry and terrified of the wildlife. Vogt-Roberts and writer Chris Galletta spread their sympathies wide, subverting the fratcom's tendency to portray girls as snakes in the grass, and hand the parents - Parks & Recreation's peerlessly brusque Nick Offerman in particular - many of the best moments. The director's background in online shorts manifests itself in an occasional, montage-heavy scattiness, and the broadly conventional closing act can't quite maintain the laugh rate, but there's a lot of warm-hearted and commendably daft business along the way.
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By A. Moriarty VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2013
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I got this film to try out on the Amazon Vine scheme and put it on not really knowing quite what to expect. That's the best way to watch any film....no expectations and no preconceptions.

I absolutely loved this film and totally invested in the characters. Despite having a low buget kind of feel to it, the film was sumptuous in it's richness, the beautiful scenery and sounds of the countryside and the realism of the main protagonists. There is a simply stunning performance from Nick Robinson, who plays Joe. Never seen or heard from him before but he was totally believeable in this role. I loved watching his disfunctional relationship with his father, (the latter had some of the best one-liners I have heard in a film for a long time) and the all or nothing friendships he had with his best friend Patrick and the object of his affection (played beautifully by Erin Moriarty). I laughed and cried with him as although flawed, you just had to love him and go through all the trials and tribulations with him, praying for him to come out the other side on top. The supporting cast were all excellent. Believable, realistic and imperfect, just like the rest of us.

Moises Arias was fantastic too as the strange hanger on, caught between the best friends and wondering where his loyalties should lie, just wanting their idealistic way of life to go on forever.

I can't praise this film highly enough. It may not be there amoungst the gongs on Oscar Night, but you won't regret spending an hour and a half watching it. It was such a pleasant surprise.
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