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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,888 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 13 2013
Format: DVD
Comparisons to `Stand by Me' are going to be obvious but this is actually a very different but equally enjoyable film. It tells the story of Joe (Nick Robinson - `Boardwalk Empire') He is being raised by his father and they never quite see eye to eye, to the point where he just can't take it anymore.

He has best mate Patrick played by Gabriel Basso, in a leg cast which is never alluded too in the film, so well done him. He has the most perfectly over bearing parents. His mum is played with screen brilliance by the lovely Megan Mullally - `Will and Grace'. They are the sort that will drive you to experiment in drugs just to annoy them. Anyway they decide to run away and build their own house in the woods and be kings of all they behold. Along the way they pick up little Biaggio (Moisas Arias). Joe has day dreams about Kelly and soon the fun starts to wane but the summer is far from over and things can only get better?

I really enjoyed this film; it is a coming of age tale and a mate's story and one of childish innocence all wrapped up in a summer from heaven. Not a lot to dislike really. There is a lot of dry humour but this is so much more than a comedy and I can only recommend.
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By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 5 2014
Format: DVD
Young men seeking independence yet too young to achieve it will on occasion look for their own right of passage. For the aboriginals it was the walkabout, Bar Mitzvahs for the Jews, or the Mandan hook ritual where splints are used to pierce the skin of young men and then hung by them. Joe, a freshman in high school has recently lost his mother, his sister has left home and his father, Frank, is just coping. Fed-up with what he believes are his father’s unrealistic demands on his time, he decides that he’s going to build a house for himself in the woods. Invited to join him are his friend Patrick and Biaggio, a guy who just is “just there.” Spookily at times. Of course, there’s the girl as well and the whole friend versus girlfriend conflict. Based on real incidents, the script by Chris Galletta is terrific with some very memorable lines. When Frank is asked whether he’s heard of the story about the boy who cried wolf, he replies that “yes, I experienced a childhood on planet earth.” This is a terrific coming-of-age movie.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindybear on Oct. 31 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I loved this movie from start to finish, the cast was incredible and the story is so touching. The character Joe Toy reminded me of Chris from Stand By Me, I highly recommend this movie to other people!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Youth revisited Oct. 9 2013
By Simscook - Published on
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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.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
An Entertaining Coming -of-Age Comedy Sept. 22 2013
By Michael B. Druxman - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
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.

© Michael B. Druxman
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Biaggio character alone worth the rental Oct. 4 2013
By Mike Dietz - Published on
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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.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A must see for young teens & parents. The kid that plays Biaggio really steals the movie and is so much fun to watch. I say A Sept. 23 2013
By Tony Heck - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
"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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Such a nice surprise Jan. 2 2014
By Arie S. Regan - Published on
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I listen devoutly to the Nerdist Podcast, and the director of The Kings of Summer, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, was on recently and he seemed like a lovely, smart, funny guy. I like to support nice people and the things they create, so they can keep on creating and being nice people, so I watched Kings of Summer.

This film is sweet, and funny, and stunningly, beautifully shot and well-edited and gorgeously acted... it was every single thing you hope that a movie will be - any movie, regardless of budget, should be this cohesive and pretty to look at and interesting start to finish. Yes, that's a high bar, but this film hit that mark hard.

This was my most favorite unexpected movie pleasure of the year.

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