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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Robinson ... Joe
Gabriel Basso ... Patrick
Moises Arias ... Biaggio
Nick Offerman ... Frank
Erin Moriarty ... Kelly
Craig Cackowski ... Mr. Larson
William Sonnie William Sonnie ... Track Suit
Nathan Keyes ... Paul
Cristoffer Carter Cristoffer Carter ... Construction Kid
Megan Mullally ... Mrs. Keenan
Priscilla Kaczuk Priscilla Kaczuk ... Grandma Keenan
Marc Evan Jackson ... Mr. Keenan
Alison Brie ... Heather
Eugene Cordero ... Colin
Gillian Vigman ... Carol
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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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Why live when you can rule. See more »


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Rated R for language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Toy's House See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,962, 2 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,290,312, 21 July 2013
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Megan Mullaly and Allison Brie appear in The Diaaster Artist (2017). 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 »

Quotes

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?
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After the credits there is a scene showing Biaggio back in the woods. See more »

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References Hancock (2008) See more »

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame
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Written by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer
Performed by Gil Imber
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A coming of age film for our generation
17 September 2013 | by estebangonzalez10See all my reviews

"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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