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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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Mr. Larson
William Sonnie ...
Cristoffer Carter ...
Construction Kid
Priscilla Kaczuk ...
Grandma Keenan


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 August 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Toy's House  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,962, 2 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,290,312, 21 July 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Nick Offerman (Joe's father) and Megan Mullally (Patrick's mother) are actually real life husband and wife. See more »


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


Joe: Vicki's making eyes at you man. Go talk to her. She's so into it.
Biaggio: There's no point in me talking to her anyways.
Joe: Why not?
Biaggio: Joe, I'm gay.
Joe: Are you sure?
Biaggio: Yes, my lungs fill up every time the seasons change.
Joe: That's not being gay, Biaggio.
Biaggio: What?
Joe: Pretty sure that's Cystic Fibrosis.
Biaggio: Oh.
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Crazy Credits

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »


How I Rise
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
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Potentially interesting concept, poor execution
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

The concept of this story has merit, however the execution is well off the mark in all respects.

The story progression seems extremely rushed, partly due to the amount of unnecessary scenes and dialogue that have been afforded to cameo characters at various points. Some of the dialogue has comedic value, but for the most it's just basic.

I think more time needed to be given to develop the main characters and to develop the plot, rather than to random scenes which hold no real relevance to either.

The cosmetics which help keep everything believable were ignored in some respects. Simple things, like how do they store their shop bought chickens without refrigeration, where did they pull architect designs for their house from, why were there fireworks going off in the middle of the bush at night in the swimming scenes, was it necessary for the almost pre-pubescent boys to sprout obviously fake beards and random violin playing in the middle of the forest?

Oh and for those who compared this to Stand by me. Stand by me is far, far, far better than this movie.

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