Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
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
Very enjoyable coming-of-age flick. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias play three teenagers in the summer after their freshman year of high school. Robinson and Basso, in particular, have become increasingly annoyed with their parents (Nick Offerman, in his best film role yet, plays Robinson's gruff, single father and Megan Mullally (Offerman's wife) and Marc Evan Jackson play Basso's ditzy parents). They decide to run away, build a house deep in the forest and live by themselves. The film is quirky in a funny (not annoying) way, and the first half of it is about the funniest thing I've seen all year. The second half is a bit more dramatic and probably more conventional: Erin Moriarty, a girl whom Robinson has a crush on, discovers the boys' plan and starts to hang out with them. She falls for Basso instead, upsetting the friendship. I kind of wish it had remained more comic, but it's still quite good. The performances here are ace. Offerman is probably the best. No, it's not an especially different role than his Ron Swanson from the sitcom Parks & Recreation, but he's given a lot of depth. The funniest sequence in the film has him arguing with deliveryman Kumail Nanjiani (a huge comic talent whose potential will surely someday be realized, most likely on a network sitcom) about the size of his restaurant's dumplings. Of the kids, Arias gets the most laughs as a goofy looking kid who is often mistaken for a psycho. Alison Brie, of Community and Mad Men fame, also appears as Robinson's older sister, but unfortunately she doesn't have much to do. The film is really well shot and directed. I especially loved the use of slow motion. This is a keeper.
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