The Kings of Summer

The Kings of Summer

DVD - 2013
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Verging on adolescence, Joe finds himself more and more aggravated by his dad's attempts to control his life. Declaring freedom, Joe and his best buddy Patrick, along with an odd kid called Biaggio, escape to the woods, where they construct a house, just for them, with no parents or responsibility. There they discover that they are in control of their destinies, all alone out in the forest.
Publisher: [United States] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013].
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Reminiscent of the classic Stand By Me, this coming-of-age flick features three teen boys who get out from under the thumbs of their parents by building a ramshackle house in the nearby woods and moving in for the summer. Filled with a talented cast of young newcomers, this is a good one to watch... Read More »


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djil
May 08, 2020

A witty and warm film that will make you nostalgic for the summers you had as an adolescent. The cast is uniformly great, but Nick Offerman really knocks it out of the park.

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Davidf05
Feb 26, 2017

Stand By Me was so much better then Kings of Summer.

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Matinee
Aug 20, 2016

The writing and cast are very good, and the scenery is gorgeous. I liked how the boys' relationships are portrayed. The Biaggio character provides nice comic relief. Nick Offerman is great as one of the dads, a character fairly similar to his Ron Swanson role on Parks and Recreation. The movie is rated R for language and some teen drinking.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

This movie features a lot of shaving. A lot of shaving cream. And, at other times, a great lack of shaving. I believe there is symbolism in the beard, or the lack of one. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who shaves.

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readyrisa
May 23, 2015

Fun and delightful movie! A wonderful 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. Highly recommend.

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tenet
Aug 13, 2014

Rated 2/10.

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0cho
Aug 06, 2014

This movie fell flat for me. Everything was lacking something. Don’t bother.

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joywolf83
Aug 05, 2014

charming

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21221018293347
Jun 21, 2014

good coming of age story.

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britprincess1
Feb 16, 2014

A well written coming-of-age film involving two best friends and a quirky new acquaintance who break free from their parents and seek out their own sense of independence by running away and finding their escape in the woods nearby. They construct a home of their own and deal with their emotional bonds. I found it to be wonderful, sweet, and very entertaining. The jokes are fast and spirited. On the whole, it is mostly funny, but has its serious moments, too. I genuinely enjoyed it and definitely would recommend it.

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djil
May 08, 2020

“I'm gay”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. My lungs fill up with fluids every time the seasons change”
“...that’s not being gay I'm pretty sure that’s cystic fibrosis”

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britprincess1
Feb 16, 2014

(after hearing his daughter's boyfriend sing) "I may never get an erection again."

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britprincess1
Feb 16, 2014

(eating in the middle of the woods) "I honestly have no idea where he's getting chives."

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britprincess1
Feb 16, 2014

(while playing MONOPOLY) "Do you remember when Dad quit playing because you wouldn't sell him the B&O?" "Do I remember when he called his own daughter a fear-mongering Chinaman? Yes, I do, because I am neither a man nor Chinese."

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britprincess1
Feb 16, 2014

"I'm making lamb stew." "Are we in BEOWULF?"

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nnault
Feb 19, 2014

nnault thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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