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Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Robinson ... Joe
Gabriel Basso ... Patrick
Moises Arias ... Biaggio
Nick Offerman ... Frank
Erin Moriarty ... Kelly
Craig Cackowski ... Mr. Larson
William Sonnie William Sonnie ... Track Suit
Nathan Keyes ... Paul
Cristoffer Carter Cristoffer Carter ... Construction Kid
Megan Mullally ... Mrs. Keenan
Priscilla Kaczuk Priscilla Kaczuk ... Grandma Keenan
Marc Evan Jackson ... Mr. Keenan
Alison Brie ... Heather
Eugene Cordero ... Colin
Gillian Vigman ... Carol
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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. Written by A.J. Porter

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Rated R for language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Toy's House See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,962, 2 June 2013

Gross USA:

$1,315,590

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,501,595
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was originally titled Toy's House. See more »

Goofs

At 1:16:29 in the movie, Joe has both legs completely bent vertically at the level of his chest. but in next shot 2 seconds later, only one leg is vertically bent. His right leg is bent sideways. all this while he was of course trying to be still and he didn't make any movement. See more »

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Frank: Yes, I experienced a childhood on the planet Earth. I've heard the story of the boy who cried wolf.
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References Hancock (2008) See more »

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Produced and Written by Kevin Writer and James Douglas (as Douglas James) (The Skywalkers)
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A fantastic coming of age comedy
28 April 2013 | by jibson89See all my reviews

Debut feature director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kings of Summer (née Toy's House) is a coming of age story of 2 best friends who decide to build a house in the woods to escape their families and their enigmatic friend Biaggio who accompanies them.

The three kids give great performances and all seem so natural in their characters; Moises Arias is exceptionally funny as the oddball Biaggio. I caught the third ever showing at Sundance London followed by a director's Q&A and he remarked that many moments are just the kid's messing around and sometimes unaware they are being filmed. The montage scene of the kids playing in the woods and banging on the pipe that opens the film was filmed all in one day with just the kids, the D.P and director and is so naturally the sort of nonsense a group of teenagers would get up to.

An amazing supporting cast including the always wonderful Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally and Mary Lynn Rajskub perfectly deliver the material; it's an impressive cast for such a small film.

Début writer Chris Galletta delivered a cracking script that delivers on the laughs and also has some strong emotional moments as the boys inevitably fallout over a girl and we see the kid's fractious relationship with their parents.

A great mix of classic coming of age tales such as Stand By Me and the indie comedies of recent times that hits the comedic and dramatic notes without ever being saccharine, annoyingly quirky or overly morbid as so many indie comedies fall into.

I highly recommend the film; it will transport you back to your terrible but wonderful teenage years and is genuinely hilarious, I can't imagine a single person not loving this film.

Rating- 8/10


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