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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 overview, first billed only:
... Joe
... Patrick
... Biaggio
... Frank
... Kelly
... Mr. Larson
William Sonnie ... Track Suit
... Paul
Cristoffer Carter ... Construction Kid
... Mrs. Keenan
Priscilla Kaczuk ... Grandma Keenan
... Mr. Keenan
... Heather
... Colin
... 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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Rated R for language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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$58,962, 2 June 2013, Limited Release

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$1,290,312, 21 July 2013
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Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brought in cast member and improviser Craig Cackowski prior to shooting in order to teach the young cast basic improv techniques. Vogt-Roberts wanted the actors "living in the skin of the characters" between takes. The director would then secretly film the actors between takes, in order to capture a more natural, authentic camaraderie. He had a code word for his crew to secretly start rolling. According to actor Marc Evan Jackson, much of this vérité footage made the final cut. 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 »

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Biaggio: Do you know we've been walking for half a mile? I can tell by how much we've bonded.
Joe: You haven't said a word the whole time.
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Produced and Written by Kevin Writer and James Douglas (as Douglas James) (The Skywalkers)
Mixed by Alex Valdes
Performed by Kevin Writer and James Douglas (as Douglas James) (The Skywalkers)
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A fantastic coming of age comedy
28 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Debut feature director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kings of Summer (née Toy's House) is a coming of age story of 2 best friends who decide to build a house in the woods to escape their families and their enigmatic friend Biaggio who accompanies them.

The three kids give great performances and all seem so natural in their characters; Moises Arias is exceptionally funny as the oddball Biaggio. I caught the third ever showing at Sundance London followed by a director's Q&A and he remarked that many moments are just the kid's messing around and sometimes unaware they are being filmed. The montage scene of the kids playing in the woods and banging on the pipe that opens the film was filmed all in one day with just the kids, the D.P and director and is so naturally the sort of nonsense a group of teenagers would get up to.

An amazing supporting cast including the always wonderful Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally and Mary Lynn Rajskub perfectly deliver the material; it's an impressive cast for such a small film.

Début writer Chris Galletta delivered a cracking script that delivers on the laughs and also has some strong emotional moments as the boys inevitably fallout over a girl and we see the kid's fractious relationship with their parents.

A great mix of classic coming of age tales such as Stand By Me and the indie comedies of recent times that hits the comedic and dramatic notes without ever being saccharine, annoyingly quirky or overly morbid as so many indie comedies fall into.

I highly recommend the film; it will transport you back to your terrible but wonderful teenage years and is genuinely hilarious, I can't imagine a single person not loving this film.

Rating- 8/10


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