Indie Gems: The Kings of Summer
Who needs parents?
That's a popular attitude among teens. I know, I've been there. It's that attitude that gets the ball rolling in The Kings of Summer
Joe (Nick Robinson) is your typical angsty teen. His mother passed away some time back, and he doesn't get a long with his often dead pan father, Frank. (Nick Offerman) He convinces his best friend, Patrick (Gabriel Basso) to leave his clingy parents and come live with him in the woods. Free of all the adults in their lives, where they can live off the land and live like men. A new boy in town, Biaggio (Moises Aries) also tags along. But his parents apparently don't give a damn where he is.
This film came highly recommended by many bloggers, so like I was previously advised, I suspended most belief (like really, these kids are hiding out in a thicket that's within walking distance from their houses and NO one finds them?) I actually ended up enjoying it quite a bit.
It reminded me a bit of Mud, if the boys were older and more obnoxious to their parents. These kids really did a great job with their characters, and Nick Offerman obviously stole every scene he's in. I sometimes feel like I'm getting too old to enjoy "coming of age" films anymore. I expressed this in my Spectacular Now review, but when you run into a little gem like this, it doesn't matter what your age is. It's good enough for everyone to enjoy
Memorable Quote: "I decided to go with the Denzel Washington format. Black first name, followed by a state." - Biaggio (Moises Aries)