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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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Why live when you can rule. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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 .... re-recording mixer
William McGuigan .... sound designer
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 tech (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
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)
Location Management
Riley Flanagan .... location assistant
James Hagedorn .... location manager
Timothy Johnson .... location manager
Tim Kanieski .... assistant location manager (as Timothy D Kanieski)
Robert Reynolds .... locations production assistant
Karl Toth .... location production assistant
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
Alex Davis .... international sales counsel
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
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
Lisa Hall .... animal handler: Penitentiary Glenn Lake Metroparks
Bethany Haynes .... additional legal
Leah Holzer .... head of development: Big Beach
Matthew A. Jacobs .... additional legal: Weinberg Gonser
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
Otto Porrazzo .... insurance broker
Brandon Rife .... office production assistant
Izzy Schachner .... caterer: Streat Mobile Catering
Brandon Schneider .... epk
Nancy Segel .... assistant accountant
Chris Singleton .... product placement
Bill Stevens .... production accountant
Terry Sullivan .... animal wrangler (as 'Jungle Terry' Sullivan)
Drew Sykes .... assistant: Tyler Davidson
Kevin Vaughan .... production assistant (as Kevin Vaughn)
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
Andrew Feldschreiber .... special thanks
Jonathan Greber .... special thanks to (as Jon Greber)
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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Additional Details

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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | Datasat | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Nick Offerman (Joe's father) and Megan Mullally (Patrick's mother) are actually real life husband and wife.See more »
Continuity: (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 »
Patrick:I can deal with the fact that the chickens are store bought. Okay? I can! But it really bothers me that the loaded potato isn't Biagio's recipe...
Joe:No! No no, that actually really is. I- I honestly have no idea where he's getting chives.
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A coming of age film for our generation, 17 September 2013
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador

"Why live when you can rule."

There have been several coming of age films that have been released over the years, but very few have actually stuck with me. The Kings of Summer is one of those few movies that appealed to me and had me emotionally involved with the characters. First time director Jordan Vogt- Roberts takes us through a range of emotions from nostalgic and heart breaking moments to laugh out loud buddy moments. It lives up to the standard of other great coming of age tales like Stand By Me. There is something about a group of young teens exploring the woods and their transition to adulthood that simply appeals to me. The scenery was also breathtaking and I absolutely fell in love with those woods. I could see what was so appealing for these kids and their need to feel independent. It does have that sort of familiar indie vibe to it, but thanks to some great performances the movie stands out above most of them. Moises Arias had me laughing throughout the entire movie playing this quirky character that reminded me a lot of Fogell in Superbad. His comedic timing was perfect and he had the funniest lines in the film. The screenplay by first timer Chris Galletta was also really well developed. I will be looking forward to his next work because his script made it easy to go through such different ranges of emotions. This film felt like a simple sweet feel good movie and it is one that I would recommend to my friends especially if they love the woods.

Joe (Nick Robinson) has just finished his freshman year in High School and isn't looking forward to spending his Summer with his widowed father Frank (Neil Offerman) who makes his life miserable just because he's miserable. His best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) doesn't enjoy living with his parents any better. His parents (played by Marc Evan Jackson and Megan Mullally) are over protective and seem to want to manage every single detail of his life. Not wanting to spend their entire summers abiding by their parents rules the two kids decide to run away and build their own home in the nearby woods and survive in the wild by hunting and gathering food. This way they can be free to do what they want and make their own rules. Joe and Patrick also bring along a strange friend named Biaggio (Moises Arias). The three seem to be having the time of their lives without anyone telling them what to do and having guests over whenever they want to until a girl named Kelly (Erin Moriarty) gets in the way of their friendship and disrupts the balance of their kingdom.

The Kings of Summer works thanks to some great performances from the trio of friends who bring a sense of nostalgia to the viewers' senses simply by playing and running around in the woods with swords and sticks. Those unscripted moments in which the kids simply goof around with one another are the best. Arias is really hilarious and he seems to steal every scene here. Robinson also gives a strange performance in the lead role. The film is easy going with likable characters and some wonderful cinematography. It is just great to look at and it completely surprised me at times with some of the turns the story took. It wasn't one of those predictable coming of age films and I really had a fun time. I wouldn't be surprised if The Kings of Summer ends up in many peoples' top 10 list at the end of the year because it is a crowd pleaser.

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