The Kings of Summer (2013)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to charming performances and endearingly off-kilter spirit, The Kings of Summer proves to be a slight, sweet entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.

Movie Info

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends - Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) - who, 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 … More

Rating: R (for language and some teen drinking)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Galletta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2013
Box Office: $1.3M
CBS Films - Official Site


as Patrick

as Biaggio

as Heather

as Mrs. Keenan

as Captain Davis

as Mr. Larson

as Rookie Cop

as Italian Man

as No Sideburns

as No Sideburns' Friend

as Bus Passenger

as Bus Driver

as Delivery Guy

as Detective

as Second Detective

as Face Paint

as Biaggio's Dad

as Track Suit

as Grandma Keenan

as Construction Kid

as News Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Kings of Summer

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (35)

Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A slick piece of work that juts out at just enough odd angles to be idiosyncratic, but never alienating.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

A sweet yet fleeting trifle.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Thompson on Hollywood

If you were lucky enough to grow up near the woods, you'll see how true the movie is to the tenor of adolescent exploration. This is a kid's film in the best sense of the word, not a movie for kids, but a great story about being a kid.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Mashes a heightened sense of the absurd rather awkwardly up against arty pastoral, and the mock-seriousness of the endeavor comes across as unpleasantly snide.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
Flick Filosopher

With a good helping of humor and engaging performances, The Kings of Summer makes for a delightfully entertaining coming of age tale.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Kings of Summer


The kind of refreshing and funny indie dramedy tailor-made to charm everyone at Sundance, with its share of indie clichés and a director who seems very eager to show that he can direct, and it is worth seeing especially because of Nick Offerman and Moises Arias, both hilarious.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Decent movie. I expected to like it more, though.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A spectacular good time that shines with humor and drama. The best kind of guilty pleasure entertainment. A classic coming of age comedy that shines with brilliant humor, adventure, a great soundtrack and originality. A triumph for Director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It's absolutely wonderful and ambitious film. One of the years most tasteful, inventive and excellent surprises. A charming, unique, hilarious and heartwarming movie. An awesome and relate-able experience. The cast is so funny and has such great chemistry together. The performances from its young and gifted cast are all perfect. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias are sensational. Arias gives a show stealing performance, he is so outrageous you have to see him work to believe what he can do.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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