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The Kings of Summer (2013)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 August 2013 (UK)
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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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$58,962 (USA) (31 May 2013)

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$1,290,312 (USA) (19 July 2013)
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Chris Galletta's script was featured on The Black List (an annual comprehensive list of Hollywood's best unproduced scripts) in 2009. Other notable scripts featured on the list that year include The Social Network (2010), Cedar Rapids (2011), and Take This Waltz (2011). See more »

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The local television news report describes Joe as having brown hair and blue eyes. Joe actually has brown eyes. See more »

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Frank: My question for you, Gary, is: How do you want me to eat these with my normal human mouth? Do you want me to unhinge my jaw like an anaconda? Should I put this in my belly and lay out in the sun for two months, digesting it?
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It starts off slowly but is worth your time.
16 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Kings of Summer" is a film you need to accept on its own terms. It's not a Hollywood production, it has a relatively low budget and it has a few plot problems. Sure, the characters might not be 100% believable or even really that likable--but, if you sit back and watch it with modest expectations, you'll find the good easily outweighs the bad.

The film is about two disaffected teens. Both hate it at home and they want to get out...but how? When one comes up with an insane plan to move into the woods and build their own shack, the other, reluctantly comes along for the plan. There is a third--and that kid, Biaggio, is a real cipher. He's bizarre and in the film mostly for comic relief--though I found myself liking him the best of the three. But when he disappears, no one seems to notice...he's that sort of a kid. But the two main characters are initially happy and their running away seems to be working out well...at least for a time.

Overall, this is a film that folks who only enjoy traditional movies will probably NOT like very much. As for me, I have a higher than normal tolerance for the unusual and found a lot of nice performances and moments in the film. Worth seeing and clever.


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