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

Nick Robinson , Gabriel Basso , Jordan Vogt-Roberts  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
  • Directors: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • Writers: Chris Galletta
  • Producers: Allan Marks, Alyson E. Winick, Andrew Brickman, B. Ted Deiker, Eric Hollenbeck
  • Format: 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: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Kings of Summer [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends - Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you are born into or the one you create - is something you can't run away from.

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10 of 11 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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10 of 11 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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9 of 11 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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8 of 10 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy; So-So Drama September 30, 2013
There are moments where it's difficult to pinpoint just what kind of film KINGS OF SUMMER wants to be. The heart of the plot is dramatic: several young boys, annoyed with their families, run away from home to be independent only to find their goals thwarted by a painfully formulaic love triangle. However, the cast is weighted with heavy comedic talent (everyone from Nick Offerman to Hannibal Burress makes an appearance, including a few lesser known names from multiple sketch shows and comedy troops). There's a whole lot of silliness going on, especially in the character of Bellagio (that's probably not how you spell his name; he's one of our runaways, the weirdest and least grounded in reality of the three boys), which makes the movie feel like it's going for a nonsensical level of humor. The two halves aren't so bad, but mixed together, they tend to come across as uneven.

In spite of the fairly predictable plot points, the movie's glut of musical montages, and its occasional leaps of logic (three boys -- by all accounts unskilled in shop class -- manage to build a house in the woods in what appears to be two days), the movie is warmhearted and just nutty and tender enough to avoid backsliding into pure nonsense (either of the dramatic or humorous variety). While it's not nearly the coming of age tale it is marketing itself to be, it's definitely entertaining as long as you put a fair-sized chunk of your disbelief aside and focus most of your attention on the film's continuous stabs at goofiness. Beautifully filmed as it may be, the real reward of script lies in the laughs, as opposed to the over-done family "lesson" at the film's tootsie sweet heart.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars This is no Stand By Me
Stand By Me is one of my favorite all time movies. Growing up in a small railroad town in the West it is entirely believable. Kings of Summer is not. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Charles M. Coyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I’m just too uncool…
I think I’ve come to the realization that you just cannot be cool anymore unless you watch TV, and I mean regularly. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Very heartwarming touching real life movie! Brings you back to your teenage years,very recommended movie for independent movie lovers like me.
Published 11 days ago by mark jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this
Very cute movie. Some inappropriate content for young kids. My 16 yr old son and I loved it. I would watch it again.
Published 13 days ago by Coffee
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginary Coming of Age
I thought this was a good to average coming of age teen movie. Though I expect very few teens will watch it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by TRBear
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Not amazing but some really funny parts and good casting. The parents with adults were better than the story with the kids.
Published 21 days ago by Hotspur
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
Collecting all our favorite movies and this one has to be added. It is quirky and fun. It is a mash up of Stand By Me and Moonrise Kingdom.
Published 25 days ago by Amy J. Elsbernd
5.0 out of 5 stars Every boys dream of summer
Great coming of age story of friendship. Good humor and chemistry of all the characters. If you have young teenage boys they will love this movie.
Published 26 days ago by Will
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie
My wife told me she thought I would like this movie. She was right. It was a story that takes you back you your youth and I'm sure many will me able to relate.
Published 29 days ago by michael bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
This was such a good movie, I would definitely recommend it. I would consider it a newer version of stand by me.
Published 1 month ago by Shelly W
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