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The Kings of Summer [Blu-ray] (2013)

Alison Brie , Nick Offerman , Jordan Vogt-Roberts  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Alison Brie, Nick Offerman
  • Directors: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: CBS Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Kings of Summer [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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THE KINGS OF SUMMER follows three teenage boys (Robinson, Basso and Arias) as they head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land.

Perched in a nice, bittersweet spot between sentimental and zany, The Kings of Summer wonderfully captures a fantasy of youth and free time--it could only happen in a slightly off-reality la-la land, but that turns out to be a pleasant place to visit. 15-year-old Joe (Nick Robinson) determines to occupy a ramshackle collection of building materials (let's call the resulting mess a cabin) set in the middle of the woods; his buddy Patrick (Gabriel Basso) comes along for the ride during the summer break. Both guys are sick of their parents, even if their troubles are never so bad the movie would lose its daffy undertone. There's a third wheel: Biaggio (Moises Arias), a strange and hilarious kid who just keeps hanging around long enough to be allowed in to the idyll. What follows is a very peculiar mix of styles (gauzy nature photography, boom-boom sitcom-style humor, bittersweet teen-movie angst), but director Jordan Vogt-Roberts keeps these different notes in harmony for most of the film's running time. Add the rock-solid support of comedy wizards like Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, and the movie finds a winning beat. At its best, The Kings of Summer is like a Young Adult novel about getting away from it all, but with a better soundtrack. --Robert Horton

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Youth revisited October 9, 2013
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My husband and I missed this in the theaters and kept looking for its on-line release - so I was pleased to find it on Amazon. OK, it is about teen rebellion and summer love, but we liked it a lot. With so many movies about mean teen girls and shallow relationships of this generation, this tells a warm story about the friendships and bonds between teen boys - the trust, anger and jealousy that comes and goes; a topic that doesn't often get explored in the movies. The best things: the actors were great and well cast; there were several scenes where the cinematography was great (beating the drums in the woods was one); it was a realistic/unrealistic fantasy escape we all might have had in high school. We laughed, we were surprised and we were glad we watched it. As the movie closed, I thought...those guys will be friends forever.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Coming -of-Age Comedy September 22, 2013
THE KINGS OF SUMMER is an entertaining coming-of-age movie, reminiscent of STAND BY ME, but with a lighter touch.

Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and Biaggio (Moises Arias) are a trio of Mid-West teens who have decided to flee their parents. Joe's dad (Nick Offerman) is a wisecracking, insensitive "s.o.b.". Patrick's folks (Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson) are on the "creepy" side, and, except for one brief scene, we don't really meet Biaggio's parents, but he's a bit "weird," so that should tell us something.

The truth is that, from a teenager's standpoint, all parents are insensitive, creepy and/or weird.

In an ultimate act of independence, the three boys decide to spend their summer building a ramshackle house in the woods and living off the land. The house goes up amazingly fast, and while the parents and the police (led by Mary Lynn Rajskub) search for them, the teens have a great time. The adventure, however, turns south when Kelly (Erin Moriarty), enters the boys' domain...and jealously rears its ugly head.

With a sharp eye for the beauty of nature, Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed Chris Galletta's well-written screenplay. The actors are uniformly excellent in their individual roles.

The Blu-Ray disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment contains audio commentary by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, writer Chris Galletta, and actors Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias, deleted and extended scenes, and three "behind the scenes" featurettes.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biaggio character alone worth the rental October 4, 2013
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Moises Arias' character alone makes this movie worthwhile. One of the funniest characters and performances I've seen in a while.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"We do swear, under pain of friendship lost, to never speak of this enterprise to any adults; to never betray its location or its participants." Joe (Robinson) and Patrick (Basso) both hate their lives at home. Living with over bearing parents are making them crazy and when they are pushed too far they decide to move out. The find a place in the middle of the woods and build their own house. The two of them along with a young boy who they are afraid to tell to go away start off on a experience that effects each one differently. This is an example of a movie where the trailer doesn't do the movie justice. This is an excellent and must see movie for all teenagers for a few reasons. One is because it shows that their parents aren't as bad as they seem compared to these. I could go on and on about this but the best way to describe this is a Stand By Me for a new generation. This is is movie that just needs to be seen rather then read about. Also the kid that plays Biaggio really steals the movie and is so much fun to watch. Overall, a must see for young teens and parents. I highly recommend. I easily give it an A.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a nice surprise January 2, 2014
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I listen devoutly to the Nerdist Podcast, and the director of The Kings of Summer, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, was on recently and he seemed like a lovely, smart, funny guy. I like to support nice people and the things they create, so they can keep on creating and being nice people, so I watched Kings of Summer.

This film is sweet, and funny, and stunningly, beautifully shot and well-edited and gorgeously acted... it was every single thing you hope that a movie will be - any movie, regardless of budget, should be this cohesive and pretty to look at and interesting start to finish. Yes, that's a high bar, but this film hit that mark hard.

This was my most favorite unexpected movie pleasure of the year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wannabes for Awhile November 19, 2013
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A coming-of-age film complicated by broken homes, legalism, and teen angst. Bad decisions limit future options; absence of thought and planning lead to disorder; the grass on the other side of the fence is not as green as expected. Order must be established before freedom can be realized. The family unit is designed to provide the order necessary for independence to be acquired. Traditional standards serve best regardless of the many drawbacks caused by human failings and fate. The boys also learned that capacity for freedom and independence must precede their attainment. It turned out that the trio was not The Kings of Summer but Wannabes for Awhile. Nick Robinson and Gabe Basso give excellent performances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun teen adventure flick January 1, 2014
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Excellent movie about what it's like til be a teenager. Fun adventure film. Great direction. Pretty funny as well. Will watch again.
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