[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Kings of Summer
Why live when you can rule.
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.
Features the most accurate depiction of a game of Monopoly.
This year has given me two absolutely wonderful viewing experiences, both centred around a classic coming of age tale. Mud took the serious route and The Kings of Summer the emphatic and comedic one. Different films with at their centre a similar heart. And I love them both equally.
The most impressive thing about The Kings of Summer is that it manages to capture the magic and problems of childhood in such a way that it never feels like it's manipulating you with cheap sentiment. It is an honest film, that finds its drama in small moments and its humour in playful absurdity and witty dialogue.
The story is the perfect for exploring the central themes of friendship, family and…
Okay kids. Storytime.
So last fall I was having a conversation with C. Robert Cargill, the guy who wrote Sinister.* This was right after a screening of Sinister and I asked him if he was considering making the leap to directing. And his answer was something that's stuck with me ever since.
He said no, because he thinks that you're born with the ability to direct a movie. It's not something that can be taught or can be learned. It's a spark that you either have or don't have, and he doesn't think he has it.
I fully agree, and in extreme cases, you can see that spark. I like to say nobody taught…
Ah, the Summers of my youth. When the weeks stretched languorously before me like the naked women in my dreams, and all seemed possible and achievable. The world was my oyster and I could be the master of my destiny - as long as I was home for tea time and I took my shoes off before I came back in the house.
The Kings of Summer captures that feeling brilliantly, except the Ohio setting is far sunnier, more exotic and a bit more wooded than the Scottish Borders. Someone would have noticed if I'd built a makeshift bothy in the middle of some arable farmland, and I doubt the farmers would have liked me hunting their cattle. And on…
Vivaciously adventurous and sweetly nostalgic, The Kings of Summer is bound to strike a chord with anyone who once dreamt of escapism and the embracement of simplicity – which, let’s face it, is basically all of us. The film provided a visceral experience which subsequently evoked memories of my own childhood and my juvenile wishes for minimalism. The highs and the lows, the recollections of the things I built and the places I gallivanted around insistently simmered to the vanguard of my mind thanks to this delightful trip down memory lane (even though I don't have nearly an inch of the audacity to leave home like these guys did).
Set in the current day, The Kings of Summer nevertheless taps…
I never thought I would enjoy these coming-of-age movies this much, especially with the new wave in recent years - they're everywhere - but here we are. While this isn't one of the best it has a few things working in its favor, most notably an adventurous spirit and a distinct sense of defiance and stubbornness found in the three main characters. They are misunderstood (or so they think) teenagers who are fed up with their uncool, annoying parents. They decide to get away from their boring families and build a house in a nearby forest so they can be their own masters, with no one left to boss them around.
There's quite a bit of humor in the movie…
A minimalistic approach to the coming-of-age tale that both gains from and falls short from its artistic structure.
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.
While watching The Kings of Summer I kept on trying to like it for what it is: an indie film, with indie music, indie experimental takes, slow motion shots, about an indie young mustashed teenager that wants to be free and decides to live in the woods, and in the end all he ever wanted was to discover his belonging in the world. Oh post-modern drama. We've seen it before. A dozen times and with a better and deeper script.
I've got a lot of love for this film and with only my second viewing, I fell in love with these young men and the journey towards manhood, whilst unshackling themselves from their overbearing parents. A truly embracive and warming picture that's full of beauty and wonder.
It was just what I needed exactly when I needed it.
Mensch ey war der schön. Echt!
Seit "Igby Goes Down" und "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" keinen so guten Coming-Of-Age Film mehr gesehen. Hab ich so, garnicht mit gerechnet. Wäre die Szene mit dem Hasen nicht gewesen, ich hätte ihm die vollen 5 Sterne gegeben.
Another independent film. I adored this one. Bunch of teenage boys running from home and living in the wilderness. Awesome.
There are so many good comedians in this.
This gorgeously filmed comedy-drama fits perfectly in the crowded "coming of age" genre. Anchored by a supporting cast of smartly funny comedic actors (Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Marc Evan Jackson), "The Kings of Summer" lives and breathes in the quieter moments between three teenage boys who desperately want to become men.
A lot of movies attempt to mirror the magic and chemistry of "Stand by Me" and this one comes gloriously close.
A quirky coming of age comedy with right mix of emotions. The tagline of the movie 'Why live when you can rule?!' gives very little away, but at the same time says everything about this lovely, meaningful teen comedy. Must watch if you love to embrace your freedom!
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Before Midnight
- Only God Forgives
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Rover
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- American Hustle
I rank all the 2013 films I see in my personal order from best to worst!