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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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Storyline

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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Why live when you can rule. See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brought in cast member and improviser Craig Cackowski prior to shooting in order to teach the young cast basic improv techniques. Vogt-Roberts wanted the actors "living in the skin of the characters" between takes. The director would then secretly film the actors between takes, in order to capture a more natural, authentic camaraderie. He had a code word for his crew to secretly start rolling. According to actor Marc Evan Jackson, much of this vérité footage made the final cut. See more »

Goofs

The snake at the end has round pupils. Apart from the coral snake, all venomous snakes indigenous to the US have "cat's eye" pupils. See more »

Quotes

Joe: I don't trust that old guy.
Biaggio: He has a shadow behind his eyes.
Vicki: How long have you been standing there?
Biaggio: Hello
Joe: That's not an answer.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a scene showing Biaggio back in the woods. See more »

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Referenced in Melissa & Joey: Family Feud (2013) See more »

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Cowboy Song
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A comedy, with all the right mixes of emotion.
18 February 2013 | by JustinBell4See all my reviews

Toy's House was an interesting film following what most teenage kids wish...A kid who finally breaks free from his parents control. Joe Toy and his friend Patrick get fed up with their parents and decide to build a house in the woods to live in.

I really enjoyed this movie. It seemed to have the right mix of comedy and drama to keep you engaged the whole movie. Watching a couple of teenage boys try and survive in the woods was a lot of fun, and Nick Offerman as Joe's dad was a lot of fun as well. The biggest thing to note, is that while this is billed as a comedy, it was definitely more than that. The emotional aspect of this movie was everything you come to expect from a movie that has to sale itself with a great story, like most films at Sundance, which made it all that more fun.


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