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The Kings of Summer (2013)

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Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.


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Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods. Written by A.J. Porter

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Why live when you can rule.

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Rated R for language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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23 August 2013 (UK)  »

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Toy's House  »

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Box Office

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$58,962 (USA) (31 May 2013)


$1,290,312 (USA) (19 July 2013)

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At the end of the movie, in the hospital, Joe is wearing a Cleveland t-shirt; giving a hint to the movie's filming location. See more »


(at around 25 mins) When Patrick and Joe are crossing the river, Patrick isn't carrying any bag. Immediately afterwards, he appears carrying two bags. See more »


Biaggio: Do you know we've been walking for half a mile? I can tell by how much we've bonded.
Joe: You haven't said a word the whole time.
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After the credits there is a scene with Biaggio. See more »


Referenced in Melissa & Joey: Family Feud (2013) See more »


Produced by Kevin Writer and Douglas James (The Skywalkers)
Written by Kevin Writer and Douglas James (The Skywalkers)
Mixed by Alex Valdes
Performed by Kevin Writer and Douglas James (The Skywalkers)
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A must see for young teens & parents. The kid that plays Biaggio really steals the movie and is so much fun to watch. I say A
23 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"We do swear, under pain of friendship lost, to never speak of this enterprise to any adults; to never betray its location or its participants." Joe (Robinson) and Patrick (Basso) both hate their lives at home. Living with over bearing parents are making them crazy and when they are pushed too far they decide to move out. The find a place in the middle of the woods and build their own house. The two of them along with a young boy who they are afraid to tell to go away start off on a experience that effects each one differently. This is an example of a movie where the trailer doesn't do the movie justice. This is an excellent and must see movie for all teenagers for a few reasons. One is because it shows that their parents aren't as bad as they seem compared to these. I could go on and on about this but the best way to describe this is a Stand By Me for a new generation. This is is movie that just needs to be seen rather then read about. Also the kid that plays Biaggio really steals the movie and is so much fun to watch. Overall, a must see for young teens and parents. I highly recommend. I easily give it an A.

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