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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$58,962, 2 June 2013, Limited Release

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$1,290,312, 21 July 2013
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Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brought in cast member and improviser Craig Cackowski prior to shooting in order to teach the young cast basic improv techniques. Vogt-Roberts wanted the actors "living in the skin of the characters" between takes. The director would then secretly film the actors between takes, in order to capture a more natural, authentic camaraderie. He had a code word for his crew to secretly start rolling. According to actor Marc Evan Jackson, much of this vérité footage made the final cut. See more »

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(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 »

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Rookie Cop: Ah, sarcasm. The poor man's wit.
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Referenced in Melissa & Joey: Family Feud (2013) See more »

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The Band Played On
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Written by John F. Palmer and Charles B. Ward
Performed by Eugene Cordero
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If you loved Stand By Me… This is for you. Moises Arias steals the show!!!
10 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Three unhappy teenagers run away from the sophisticated city life and take refuge in nature, where they plan to build a makeshift home and live off the land, to finally be masters of their own destiny. Once you arrive at your destination, you make it reality, however, realize that the wild is much tougher as the imagined.

Biaggio (Moises Arias), the very rare embodiment of social awkwardness and complete and total lack of personal sophistication teenager, that invokes a combination of amazement, bewilderment, and pity simultaneously from the common viewer. It's a role that cannot be explained...only watched. He is quite possibly one of the best comedic performances I have ever seen a young performer give. It's a wonderfully bizarre role that fully encompasses both the awkwardness and the sincerity of a social misfit. The role is so over-the-top that it's amazing that Arias can make it look so natural and genuine. His acting was spot on and absolutely hilarious. Loved it!


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