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What did you do to get away from your pesky parents? Did you go out into the woods with your buddies and build a house? That’s what some teenagers decide to do in this coming-of-age comedy that was well-received at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Patrick’s relationship with his parents (played by the always funny Megan Mullally and Marc Evan Jackson) is not quite as bad. The only problem is his parents are protective of him – a little too protective. His mom won’t even let him walk around the house without wearing socks.
Fed up and wanting a change, Joe decides to build a house in the woods to get away from the hell that is living with his father. After giving it some thought Patrick joins him. Also joining them is a strange guy named Biaggio (played, brilliantly, by Moises Arias) who walked home with Joe from a party. He ends up being arguably the most likable character in the film.
While in the woods, the teens learn everything about the great outdoors. But, most of all, they come away from their experience learning a lot more about themselves and their families. In turn the parents learn a lot about themselves as well.
Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias were amazing. I already knew about Gabriel from seeing him in Super 8 and Moises from Disney Channel shows. All three actors had breakout performances including Arias who had the best performance of his budding career.
The film elements all come together to present a clear message to its audience: teens don’t just want to be independent of their sometimes pesky parents. They want to find meaning and purpose in their lives. The Kings of Summer is a true gem of this year’s film lineup but will, unfortunately, be overshadowed by those big budget cash cows. If you can, you should definitely go see it!
I Give It An: A+
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