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The Kings of Summer -- 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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The Kings of Summer -- 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. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you're born into or the one you create – is something you can't run away from.


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  (in credits order)

Nick Robinson ... Joe

Gabriel Basso ... Patrick

Moises Arias ... Biaggio

Nick Offerman ... Frank

Erin Moriarty ... Kelly

Craig Cackowski ... Mr. Larson

William Sonnie ... Track Suit

Nathan Keyes ... Paul

Cristoffer Carter ... Construction Kid

Megan Mullally ... Mrs. Keenan
Priscilla Kaczuk ... Grandma Keenan

Marc Evan Jackson ... Mr. Keenan

Alison Brie ... Heather

Eugene Cordero ... Colin

Gillian Vigman ... Carol

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Captain Davis

Thomas Middleditch ... Rookie Cop

Lili Reinhart ... Vicki

Austin Abrams ... Aaron

Paul Floriano ... Italian Man

Brian Sacca ... No Sideburns
Peter Karinen ... No Sideburns' Friend

Tony Hale ... Bus Passenger

Hannibal Buress ... Bus Driver

Kumail Nanjiani ... Delivery Guy

Jeffrey Grover ... Detective (as Jeff Grover)
Eric Wasserman ... Second Detective
Nicholas Rutherford ... Visor (as Nick Rutherford)

Angela Trimbur ... Face Paint
Jennifer Lindgren ... News Reporter

Michael Cipiti ... Biaggio's Dad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Bordwine ... Nurse (uncredited)

Christina Cacic ... High School Teacher (uncredited)
Justin Cooney ... Teen / Beach Party (uncredited)
Anthony Daniel ... High School Student (uncredited)
Eric Frank ... Doctor (uncredited)

Logan Fry ... Hospital Patient in Wheelchair (uncredited)

Joe Gallipoli ... Doctor (uncredited)

David Gragg ... Doctor (uncredited)
Hannah Harris ... Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Linda Marie Howell ... Doctor in Plain Clothes (uncredited)
Christopher Kaczmarek ... Boston Market Employee (uncredited)
Cole Kornell ... Track Suit Friend (uncredited)
Maria Laskowski ... High School Student (uncredited)

Daniel T. Martin ... Detective (uncredited)
Rance Martin ... Doctor (uncredited)
Derick Mayes ... Nurse (uncredited)

Christine McBurney ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Shawn Michelle ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Tyler Moliterno ... Big Italian Kid (uncredited)

Taylor Nelms ... High School Student (uncredited)
Brady Novak ... Deli Owner (uncredited)

David Sanborn ... High School Student (uncredited)
Julie Simon ... Teacher (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... High School Principal (uncredited)

Josh Tippey ... Paul's Friend (uncredited)

Nicole Tubbs ... Doctor (uncredited)
Lisa Y. Wong ... Doctor (uncredited)
Abigail Wylie ... High School Student (uncredited)
Theresa Wylie ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Jordan Vogt-Roberts 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Galletta  written by

Produced by
Andrew Brickman .... co-executive producer
Tyler Davidson .... producer
B. Ted Deiker .... line producer (as Ted Deiker)
Jeffrey A. Green .... co-executive producer
John Hodges .... producer
Eric Hollenbeck .... associate producer
Allan Marks .... co-executive producer
Michael Razewski .... co-executive producer
Richard Rothfeld .... executive producer
Robert Ruggeri .... co-producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
Jordan Vogt-Roberts .... executive producer
Susan Wasserman .... co-executive producer
Alyson E. Winick .... co-executive producer (as Alyson Winick)
Original Music by
Ryan Miller 
Cinematography by
Ross Riege (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Terel Gibson 
Casting by
Nicole Abellera 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Tyler B. Robinson  (as Tyler Robinson)
Art Direction by
Jennifer Klide 
Set Decoration by
Carmen Navis 
Costume Design by
Lynette Meyer 
Makeup Department
Grace Czarny .... hair stylist
Katrina Francis .... hair stylist
Loretta James-Demasi .... makeup department head
Leslie Shayne Kohn .... hair stylist
Anne Taylor .... hair department head
Production Management
B. Ted Deiker .... unit production manager (as Ted Deiker)
Mike Phillips .... executive in charge of production: Big Beach
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Hagney .... first assistant director
Tami Kumin .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sue Brook .... property master
Jermaine Burns .... carpenter
Joseph Cooney .... set dresser (as Joseph M. Cooney)
Jack Gardner Jr. .... carpenter
Darryl Gladden .... carpenter
Ben Haehn .... leadman (as Benjamin Haehn)
Jason Johns .... construction foreman
Zachary Maruna .... art department production assistant
Kelleigh Miller .... on-set dresser
Terry Myers .... carpenter
Travis Myers .... carpenter
Chris Preneta .... carpenter
Lauren Robinson .... art department production assistant
Andy Schofield .... set dresser
Mike Shepley .... construction coordinator
Kelly Thewlis .... art department production assistant
Jonathan Wilcox .... concept art
Jonathan Wilcox .... graphic design
Briget Wolfe .... carpenter
Sound Department
Andrea A. Alberti .... sound production assistant (as Andrea Alberti)
Bradford Bell .... mixing engineer (as Brad Bell)
Justin Gay .... sound effects editor
Pete Horner .... additional re-recording mixer
Daniel Kerpin .... assistant sound effects editor
William McGuigan .... sound designer
William McGuigan .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Nelson .... additional sound designer
Scott Osowski .... sound production assistant
Ryan Putz .... sound mixer
Eric Ryan .... dialog mixer
Leonard Suwalski .... boom operator
Marlowe Taylor .... sound mixer
Tony Villaflor .... mix technician (as Anthony Villaflor)
Special Effects by
Chad Ball .... rain effects
Richard Fike .... special effects coordinator: pyrotechnics
John Kloock .... assistant special effects: pyrotechnics
Boysie Link .... rain effects
Thom Allport .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Juan Cardarelli .... visual effects
Eric M. Levy .... on-set visual effects supervisor
Eric M. Levy .... visual effects
Blaine Lougheed .... on-set visual effects supervisor
Jacob Patrick .... character animator
Eric Robert .... character technical director
Thomas D. Moser .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Thom Allport .... stunt rigger
Richard Fike .... stunt coordinator
Richard Fike .... stunt double: Nick Offerman
Sara Fike .... stunt driver (as Sara Fike Lashley)
Ian Pack .... stunt double: Nick Robinson
John Sundquist .... stunt safety
Dan Anders .... stunt safety assistant (uncredited)
David Sanborn .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bianca Bahena .... first assistant camera
Shawn Baird .... phantom camera technician
Jason Beavers .... set lighting technician
Benny Beggerly .... camera production assistant (as Benny Baggerly)
Mike Berlucchi .... director of photography: second unit
Nathan Bielski .... company grip
Bill Boehme .... company grip
John Burke .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Tom Burnett .... set lighting technician
Kevin Coyne .... set lighting technician
Kiely Cronin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as William Keily Cronin)
Miles A. Dwertman .... set lighting technician
Matt Garrett .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Gonzalez Jr. .... company grip
Julie Hahn .... still photographer
Dean Hayashi .... set lighting technician
Matt Hayes .... key grip
Ryan Keeper .... company grip
Scott Lipez .... best boy set lighting
Chance Madison .... best boy grip
Noel Maitland .... digital imaging technician
Kevin Martt .... key grip
Craig McKinstry .... set lighting technician
Mathew McNamara .... camera production assistant
Mark Meyers .... steadicam operator (as Mark 'Chief' Meyers)
Andrew Nelisse .... set lighting technician
Joshua A. Porter .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Joshua Porter)
Pedro Rojas .... set lighting technician
Shane Salyards .... gaffer
Thomas Semple .... second assistant camera
Rick Stern .... balloon light technician
Rick Stern .... company grip
Joseph Thompson .... set lighting technician
John Turk .... balloon light technician
Adam N. White .... steadicam operator (as Adam White)
Brian Whitlock .... set lighting technician
Briget Wolfe .... set lighting technician
Casting Department
Joanne Bloom .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Janai Brown .... casting assistant: Ohio
Lavelle Brown .... casting associate: Ohio
Brooke Mott .... extras casting assistant
Lillian Pyles .... casting: Ohio
Shannon Ready .... extras casting
Susan Wasserman .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Andrews .... costume supervisor (as Kimberlee Andrews)
Jeremy Borison .... wardrobe production assistant
Rebecca DeNoewer .... set costumer
Christine B. Lee .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Tims Johnson .... digital intermediate supervisor
Steve Meyer .... digital intermediate editor
Adam Nee .... consulting editor
Tony Orcena .... additional editor
Michael Pasqualone .... assistant editor
Josh Schaeffer .... additional editor
Brian Scott Steele .... assistant editor (as Brian Steele)
Narbeh Tatoussian .... digital intermediate colorist
Justin Williams .... digital intermediate assistant
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
James Douglas .... composer: additional music
Helhachiro Fukuda .... music clearance services: MCL Music Services
Marissa Gallien .... music consultant
Matt Lilley .... music clearance services: MCL Music Services
Marguerite Phillips .... music consultant (as Maggie Phillips)
Kevin Writer .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Paul Bechhold .... transportation production assistant
Jamie Davidson .... transportation production assistant
Mike Frampton .... transportation production assistant
Michael Scott Manne .... transportation production assistant
Bill Miller .... transportation captain
John Weber .... transportation production assistant
Other crew
Marybeth Bender .... animal handler: Penitentiary Glenn Lake Metroparks
Zach Betonte .... security
Ronald Bomba .... security
Molly Breeskin .... assistant: Big Beach
Paul Brennan .... production legal: Bruns Brennan & Berry
John Brown .... end titles design
Alex Capaldi .... production coordinator
Carolyn Corzine .... assistant production coordinator
Stacy Davidson .... craft service assistant
Tony Dinardo .... security
Maggie Downey .... caterer: Söw Food
Brian Doyle .... caterer: Söw Food
Bryan H. Falk .... securities legal: Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease
Wil Ferruso .... craft service (as William Ferruso)
Richard Fike .... weapons handler
Riley Flanagan .... location assistant
Kaitlyn Gabriel .... animal handler: Penitentiary Glenn Lake Metroparks
Kel Genovese .... production assistant
Grace Gentiluomo .... production assistant (as Grace Gentiluouo)
Quinn George .... epk
Ryan Goldblum .... production assistant
James Hagedorn .... location manager
Lisa Hall .... animal handler: Penitentiary Glenn Lake Metroparks
Bethany Haynes .... additional legal: Sloss Eckhouse LawCo
Leah Holzer .... head of development: Big Beach
Matthew A. Jacobs .... additional legal: Weinberg Gonser
Timothy Johnson .... location manager
Tim Kanieski .... assistant location manager (as Timothy D Kanieski)
Kim Khoo .... assistant: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Katie Koeblitz .... key set production assistant
Caitlin MacBride .... office production assistant
Carol Maple .... accounting clerk
Daniele Tate Melia .... production executive: Big Beach (as Daniele Melia)
Amy Mihalik .... animal handler: Penitentiary Glenn Lake Metroparks
Tammy O'Neil .... animal handler: Penitentiary Glenn Lake Metroparks
Robert Reynolds .... locations production assistant
Brandon Rife .... office production assistant
Izzy Schachner .... caterer: Streat Mobile Catering
Brandon Schneider .... epk
Nancy Segel .... assistant accountant
Bill Stevens .... production accountant
Terry Sullivan .... animal wrangler (as 'Jungle Terry' Sullivan)
Drew Sykes .... assistant: Tyler Davidson
Karl Toth .... location production assistant
Kevin Vaughn .... production assistant
Michael Wehrung .... security
Jonathan Wilcox .... web site designer
Sarah Willgrube .... script supervisor
Daniel Woods .... production assistant
Eugene Pikulin .... legal counsel (uncredited)
Will Youngblood .... assistant: Megan Mullally and nick offerman (uncredited)
Jacob Avnet .... special thanks
Justin Brown .... special thanks
Andrew Feldschreiber .... special thanks
Brett Gursky .... special thanks
Leah Rachel .... special thanks
Evan Schwartzberg .... special thanks
Bruno Tysh .... special thanks
Mathew Van Alstyne .... special thanks
Matt Waldeck .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Toy's House" - USA (festival title)
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Rated R for language and some teen drinking
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Nick Offerman (Joe's father) and Megan Mullally (Patrick's mother) are actually real life husband and wife.See more »
Factual errors: The snake at the end has round pupils. Apart from the coral snake, all venomous snakes indigenous to the US have "cat's eye" pupils.See more »
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?See more »
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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Remarkably Recommended and Meaningful, 6 October 2013
Author: democratic-pizza from Indonesia

First off, I'd like to say that this is my first ever movie review. I'd been prolonging until I find a non-blockbuster movie that can really caught me deeply and The Kings of Summer happened to be the one.

The acting in this movie is basically original, starring Nick Robinson who played Joe perfectly well as a fifteen year-old desperately wanting to get out of his dad's house under his rules just like a typical teenager. Then there's his best friend, Gabriel Basso who played as Patrick who loves his parents but also desperately wanting to get out of their house because of how their parents treat him as a child. Moises Arias as Biaggio, who I think really suits for the role of a physically small friend of both of them who appeared out of nowhere and could really get things funny because he's that lovable and warm. Joe's dad, Nick Offerman as Frank, played a great grumpy father who gets mad and cranky easily in this movie and then there's Erin Moriarty as Kelly, which plays the girl who Joe had a crush on.

The movie at first started just like any ordinary drama movie, but the various shots and angles made it look pretty smart in the beginning. As you watch longer, the movie started getting interesting to where it's going, although you can really guess what will happen next. The Kings of Summer with its "Into The Wild" theme is packed with humor and a bunch of emotional feeling will be involved throughout the movie. Another plus point for this movie is the selection of songs in the background or soundtracks, how each song suits perfectly well based on the actions the characters were doing which really built up my point of view towards the movie.

What caught me the most is how the movie is directed and made it as if he really wants us to feel to be like each one of the character involved there. The shots on the scenery and "wild" views in the forest really succeeded on making me re-think and went deeper about how there's more to the movie than what I've actually seen. The movie does have some really cliché teenager scenes, however, I like how it stays original and remain unpretentious by showing that there's a big chance that conflicts may happen between friends and families but then in the end you will always come back to them, by not having all the cheesy fights nor a corny truce. It sticks to reality and shows people that it is truly what it is.

Not considering how old you are, I really recommend you to watch this movie with anyone for you're about to feel that youth blood pumping down your streams and actually get something out of it. Praise for Jordan Vogt-Roberts for making this movie as perfect, my eyes were glistening right at the very last scene of the movie and at the same time drawing a smile on my face.

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