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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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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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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 »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) Joe has taken some money from the safe, and gone to the store to buy some food. But earlier on we hear Kelly tell Joe that since his disappearance has been all over the news, so how could he have come back when people would have noticed him in the town? See more »

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Biaggio: In Italian, the word for snake means 'the demon's cock'.
Patrick: No it doesn't.
Biaggio: There's a chance that it doesn't.
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After the credits there is a scene showing Biaggio back in the woods. See more »

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Cowboy Song
Written by Brian Downey and Phil Lynott
Performed by Thin Lizzy
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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