[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 do not necessarily feel for these characters but since I am probably on the same age group as they are, I feel somewhat attached to this film. It has definitely given me lots of possibilities and realities to think about.
Do I hate my parents? Nah. But they do get on my nerves sometimes. And they're most definitely not the most understanding parents alive. They're not the kind of people you can talk to about your interests. First of, they're homophobic and they talk about how homophobic they are all the time when bringing up a certain closet gay cousin. Second, they always say how supportive they are of me going into college and choosing to study something that…
The Kings of Summer is nice, funny and shows how great the teen spirit could be. Its not brillant, but has a colorful scenario and makes us smile every time.
Few films can genuinely make me laugh out loud, but this was one of them. The script is full of hidden gems and the cast is incredibly charming. This is a great watch if you're in the mood for a humorous but heartfelt coming of age story.
What a relatable story, brought me back to my childhood. Along with some great cinematography, this piece is also well written and directed. Normally most films don't catch my sense of humor but this surely did. Would recommend watching this.
A wild romp through young adult, full of boys and love and a wonderful soundtrack
Aka "Toy's House" - its one of those films that's easy to dismiss for a start but it grows on you - some easy on the eye photography and a very good and appropriate soundtrack.
The coming of age story and the characters were so loveable, but the way they treat Kelly as a character and the general lack of concern the parents and police have for the missing children hurt it for me. Overall, I really enjoyed watching it, and the beautiful cinematography will be enough for me to just leave critiquing the other believability factors.
A movie about teenagers for adults who still think like teenagers. I loved it. Joe's coming of age, heartbreak, reunion with his dad is something we all go through and it's presented with humor and creativity. And Biagio was brilliant. That kid is a genius.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's nearly really good. I promise.
I could easily write a review that is exactly what you expect to read about a film about 3 teenagers who run away from their (faintly embarrassing, but not actually all that oppressive, by any means) parents. It has the ultra-american high school party with the red cups. It has the douchey older boyfriend of the protagonist's love interest. It has the utter implausibility of the 3 teenagers being able to build a fully free standing, architecturally acceptable house in the middle of the woods, with engineering skills that didn't stand up to the challenge of building a bird box earlier in the film.
But it tries really hard. Nick Offerman's downtrodden, wonton-weary father…
The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…