Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: "The Kings Of Summer"

I went to an advance screening yesterday of a new movie called "The Kings Of Summer" and I am happy to say it was the best movie I've seen all year! First of all, the cast was incredible. The lead roles were played by Nick Robinson (a very talented rising young star who I recognized from another really good movie "Frenemies" which was released in 2012 and is currently on Netflix for instant streaming), Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias. Nick Robinson plays Joe Toy, a high school student who is sick of his dad's constant criticism and nagging. His best friend Patrick Keenan (played by Gabriel Basso) is also having a difficult time coping with his parents and their bizarre personalities (his mother is played by Megan Mullally of Will & Grace fame and her performance is absolutely hysterical!). The third best friend is Biaggio (played by Moises Arias) and he is the most eccentric member of the bunch. Joe has a crush on a girl named Kelly, (played by Erin Moriarty). She invites him to an outdoor party at a local park and his father won't let him go, so he sneaks out of the house in the middle of the night and meets her there. The party is broken up by a resident of the area who fires a gun in the air to scare all the partying teenagers away. Along the way home, Joe and Biaggio stumble upon a beautiful clearing in the woods which he declared was "a place where nobody can find us". In the days that follow, Joe and Patrick gradually get more and more fed up with their bizarre and over-controlling parents, and Joe brings Patrick to the clearing in the woods and tells him he wants to build a house there where the two of them along with Biaggio could live independently and free of their parents as an alternative to the maddening experience of living with their folks. At first Patrick thinks it's a bad idea but after a few more days of his parents annoying behavior, he decides to go through with it. Joe, Patrick and Biaggio steal supplies and money from their parents and proceed to build a house all by themselves and learn to live off the land (with the help of take out food from Boston Market). Together, the three boys have the most incredible summer of their lives, at least, at first they do. Things get complicated when Joe decides to find Kelly and bring her to his new home as a guest. She spends the night but doesn't sleep with Joe. Instead she wakes up Patrick and asks him to go for a walk with her, and Joe hears the whole thing. The competition for Kelly's heart inevitably comes between Joe and Patrick's friendship and creates a messy situation. I don't want to give out the entire movie's ending so I'll leave it at that part. The movie is inspiring and funny, and the quality of this film, along with the actors who were in it, is first rate. I'd recommend this movie very highly.

The website for the movie is here:

The trailer for the movie is here:

Here is the poster for the movie: