Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Synopsis: 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.
Is it just my age, or is there something about coming of age films? I’m a total sucker for them.
Be it Sixties beauties like The Graduate and To Kill A Mockingbird, Seventies efforts such as American Graffiti and The Last Picture Show, Eighties nuggets like The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders and Stand By Me, Nineties classic Dazed and Confused or modern efforts like Perks of Being a Wallflower and Moonrise Kingdom, the coming of age drama never seems to get old. Well, you can now add The Kings of Summer to the list.
This charming, and I imagine fairly low budget, little film has instantly shot to the top of my favourite film of 2013 list already. The tale of a gang of three friends who build a house in the woods to escape their respective parents (either too lonely or too over bearing). Initially they love their new found freedom and the feeling of ‘becoming men’ by fending for themselves. However, the shangri la eventually, as expected, turns sour and the boys break ranks.
There are some great performances from Nick Robinson as the main teenager, as well as Parks & Recreation regulars Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. There is just the right amount of comedy and drama to keep it flowing, and the cinematography is lovely. It all adds up to a real heartwarming tale, which in my opinion sits it beside some of those films mentioned above.