Review: 7 out of 10 stars.
Sundance film The Kings of Summer depicts 2 teenagers who had enough with the parent(s) and decided to run away and build a house in the woods to live in, with the third teenager who just so happened to join but in contrast, had a father whom he actually trusts. On the surface, it looks like a simple coming of age dramedy. Well, there’s more than that with the contrast among the characters and how they interact with each other and their growing up.
Patrick’s melodramatic parentst were like coming out of SNL, annoying kind of funny. Joe’s father had the deadpan humor with some profanity. Biaggio’s father had no face but had some funny dialogues.
The onset of the movie was a typical and with a few fun chuckles. Once the 3 boys went to the woods that’s when they shined with their acting skills. It’s filled with adorable coming of age laughs and gestures, friendship, innocence, turst and the betrayal of all those and heartbreak in a short an hour and half.
It’s a feel good movie, ultimately, to round up and maybe, just maybe, all the annoyance was from the teenagers homorne seeing their parents.
The filming uses a lot of sunlight through hands and with silhouettes, some old school style music rather than today’s loud music fits well with the small town setting.
Stay after the credit for a special scene.
Keywords: ComingOfAge, comedy, drama, teenager