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

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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14 of 16 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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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2013
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In a word - excellent.
Its along the same sort of lines as "coming of age" films like Hope and Glory, or Stand By Me - but doesn't feel remotely familiar or plagiaristic.
Its incredibly funny, touching and relatable, and the three lead guys in it are FANTASTIC actors portraying very likeable characters.

The plot in a nutshell is that two young teens - Joe and Patrick - become so disenchanted and frustrated with their home lives, specifically their parents, that they decide to build a house in the woods and move there permanently. Effectively running away. Along the way they somehow acquire an incredibly odd third member - Biaggio - to their new household who, at first I thought was an unnecessary and irritating addition - but rapidly becomes brilliant entertainment!
The three guys quickly settle into their new lives, ready for their happily-ever-after...

Of course its not that simplistic - I wont detail the plot much further because to do so would ruin it, but as you can expect, binning off their lives and cheerily moving into the woods... does have its consequences; specifically the ongoing side-story of how their families are dealing with their sons going awol.

Now; Where I wont detail plot, I will say that there is nothing too hard in this film; yes there are a few F-bombs thrown around, but everything here is totally appropriate for the age cert, the themes are not upsetting or disturbing, and so this is a fantastic option for a family film (assuming the family is all over 15!)
And there is at least one character that will appeal to any personality of viewer.
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