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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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Chris Galletta
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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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Storyline

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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Nick Offerman (Joe's father) and Megan Mullally (Patrick's mother) are actually real life husband and wife. See more »

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While Joe, Biaggio, Patrick and Kelly are playing Monopoly and arguing in a wood house, Joe and Biaggio's cigars change from lit to unlit between shots. See more »

Quotes

Biaggio: I don't really see myself as having a gender.
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After the credits there is a scene showing Biaggio back in the woods. See more »

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Referenced in Melissa & Joey: Family Feud (2013) See more »

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Written by Trevor Powers
Performed by Youth Lagoon
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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Potentially interesting concept, poor execution
8 September 2013 | by mitchdumpySee all my reviews

The concept of this story has merit, however the execution is well off the mark in all respects.

The story progression seems extremely rushed, partly due to the amount of unnecessary scenes and dialogue that have been afforded to cameo characters at various points. Some of the dialogue has comedic value, but for the most it's just basic.

I think more time needed to be given to develop the main characters and to develop the plot, rather than to random scenes which hold no real relevance to either.

The cosmetics which help keep everything believable were ignored in some respects. Simple things, like how do they store their shop bought chickens without refrigeration, where did they pull architect designs for their house from, why were there fireworks going off in the middle of the bush at night in the swimming scenes, was it necessary for the almost pre-pubescent boys to sprout obviously fake beards and random violin playing in the middle of the forest?

Oh and for those who compared this to Stand by me. Stand by me is far, far, far better than this movie.


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