The Kings of Summer (2013)

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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.

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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 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. (c) CBS Films
Rating:
R (for language and some teen drinking)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Gabriel Basso
as Patrick
Moises Arias
as Biaggio
Nick Offerman
as Frank Toy
Alison Brie
as Heather Toy
Megan Mullally
as Mrs. Keenan
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Captain Davis
Craig Cackowski
as Mr. Larson
Marc Evan Jackson
as Mr. Keenan
Thomas Middleditch
as Rookie Cop
Paul Floriano
as Italian Man
Brian Sacca
as No Sideburns
Peter Karinen
as No Sideburns' Friend
Tony Hale
as Bus Passenger
Hannibal Buress
as Bus Driver
Kumail Nanjiani
as Delivery Guy
Jeffrey Grover
as Detective
Eric Wasserman
as Second Detective
Angela Trimbur
as FacePaint
Michael Cipiti
as Biaggio's Dad
William Sonnie
as Track Suit
Priscilla Kaczuk
as Grandma Keenan
Cristoffer Carter
as Construction Kid
Jennifer Lindgren
as News Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Kings of Summer

All Critics (111) | 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 20, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A warm and affectionate comedy about that last great summer when you're 13 or 14 and you don't realize just how much your life is about to change and things will never be the same.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This willfully eccentric tale about teenage boys in suburban Ohio fleeing their families to live in the deep woods plays like an erratic comic revue slapped together at theater camp.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

There is much here to admire, but the overall impression is of a film that does not have the courage of its convictions.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Once they go into the woods, the movie becomes as interesting as watching kids hang around and play with sticks.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Hearst Newspapers
Top Critic

In its small, independent way, "The Kings of Summer" rules.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Kings of Summer

½

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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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
Al S

Super Reviewer

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