Meh, It's No Sandlot: Kings of Summer Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | April 16, 2013 | Comments ()


Kings of Summer is the story of three boys who run off to the woods for a summer to live off the land. That set up could work equally well for science fiction (just add a crashed spaceship in a cave), mystery (they discover a body), horror (they discover lots of bodies), fantasy (there be elves and dragons in these woods), or homoerotic coming of age story (it's really just about how the camera lingers). Or there's the indie film route which involves the boys finding themselves.

Here's the obligatory plot summary:

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends - Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents' rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you're born into or the one you create - is something you can't run away from.

I'd prefer it if they found aliens.

Amanda had a great miniature review of it at Sundance, when it was still called Toy's House:

I don't care for this one at all, which is a huge bummer as it's been talked up as quite good. Nick Offerman glaring at things has kind of hit a plateau in my heart and the weird humor, while usually right up my alley isn't upping my alley as much as it should. That young actor Nick Robinson is really sort of lazily beautiful in that way that doesn't acknowledge the future. Youth and Beauty Brigade card carrying member.

Hmm, who to believe, the person paid to sell the movie, or the person who paid to see the movie? Decisions, decisions. Here's the trailer, so you can make up your own mind before May 31 when it has a wide release:

Yep, I still want aliens. I'm sorry, I was the kid who when my parents took me camping, I would sit in the car and read a book. Then when they ordered me to get out of the car and enjoy nature, I'd sit on a rock and read a book. I neurotically obsessed over the fact that I was quite certain that we were at any moment less than thirty second removed from either a snake attack or the appearance of a marauding grizzly bear.

The funny thing is that I grew up to be someone who enjoys the outdoors, camping, et cetera. But as a kid? The boys in this film are the last sort I would ever have known. They would have terrified me. They are the sort of kids written by adults who like to think that this is what they were like as a child. I have no such illusions.

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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned

  • I know that it will probably be tooth-achingly sweet and tread zero new ground, but holy crap could I use a happy feel good movie right now.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I’m sorry, I was the kid who when my parents took me camping, I would
    sit in the car and read a book. Then when they ordered me to get out of
    the car and enjoy nature, I’d sit on a rock and read a book.

    So you're Brick from The Middle?

  • Carissa

    I saw this at an advance screening last week and I absolutely loved it. Really funny (Moises Arias stole each and every one of his scenes), and lots of heart.

  • kilmo

    I love Moises Arias. He was the best/funniest part of "Hannah Montana." So glad he's still getting work, because he has not grown up cute.

  • We Were Promised Jet Packs!!!

    One of the best all-time band names, in case anyone's watching for SRL. I'm happy just knowing some clever, literate Welsh boys named their band that, while offering slightly EMO pop-rock.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's only a pity that the band name calls for a punk band.

  • SnowMan

    "They are the sort of kids written by adults who like to think that this is what they were like as a child."
    Such a perfectly succinct, on-the-nose observation of not only this movie, but most treatment of kids and teens in indie movies.

  • True, but that doesn't make not enjoyable, necessarily. Sometimes, a little trip to the banal nostalgia of our hearts is just fine. Maybe this will be so. What's the worst that could happen? Possum!!

  • JenVegas

    Yeaaah unless this ends like Mosquito Coast I'm not really interested. KABOOM!

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