The Kings of Summer, coming May 31, is sure to be a huge hit for growing teens. Just in time for school to end, and the summer kickoff–this film should be at the top of your list.
The Kings of Summer, coming May 31, is sure to be a huge hit for growing teens. Just in time for school to end, and the summer kickoff–this film should be at the top of your list. Most likely rated PG-13 for strong language and underage drinking and smoking, this emotional (and sometimes intense) coming of age comedy is directed to boys who want to be independent, but still need their families and close friendships.
When their parents are too mean and weird Joe Toy (Nick Robinson), Patrick Keenan (Gabriel Basso), and an unusual kid that calls himself Biaggio (Moises Arias) run away from home to build their dream house in the deep woods of Ohio where no one will find them. Joe's relationship with his dad is destroyed because he was very close to his mom who died. Although Patrick is in tenth grade, his parents treat him like a six year old since he's an only child. The viewer is left to wonder about Biaggio and what happened with him and his parents. The whole time Biaggio is loyal to Joe, and he makes you wonder, "What's his story; why did he want to leave his home and family?" They build their house with no hesitation using stolen mailboxes, scraps from construction sites, and wood from the forest. When their work is done they end up with a scrappy, but comfortable home. While they have a great time surviving in the woods, they eat great food, make great memories, and enjoy the wild. What happens next changes their lives, tears them apart, and brings them closer together. This is all capped off with a surprising twist ending.
The life of these boys will be remembered as a movie of our time, and is sure to be a favorite of my generation.