The Kings of Summer

May 31st 2013
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 93 min,
  • CBS Films
  • Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Erin Moriarty, Craig Cackowski, William Sonnie, Nathan Keyes, Cristoffer Carter, Megan Mullally, Priscilla Kaczuk, Marc Evan Jackson, Alison Brie, Eugene Cordero, Gillian Vigman, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Thomas Middleditch, Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Paul Floriano, Brian Sacca, Kim Bordwine, Hannibal Buress, Christina Cacic, Michael Cipiti
  • Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • Writer: Chris Galletta
  • Producers: Tyler Davidson, John Hodges, Peter Saraf
  • Co Producers: Eric Hollenbeck, Robert Ruggeri, Susan Wasserman
  • Executive Producers: Allan Marks, Michael Razewski, Richard Rothfeld
  • Art Direction: Jennifer Klide
  • Casting: Jeanne McCarthy
  • Costume Design: Lynette Meyer
  • D.O.P.: Ross Riege
  • Editor: Terel Gibson
  • Makeup: Loretta James-Demasi
  • Music: Ryan Miller
  • Production Design: Tyler B. Robinson
  • Set Decoration: Carmen Navis


Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Ohio, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some teen drinking
  • Production Companies: Big Beach Films, Low Spark Films
  • Production Schedule: July 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: ""Mash Up" creator Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes his directorial debut on this Ohio-set rites-of-passage tale which made a good impression whilst screening in competition at Sundance the other day. Chris Galletta's script made the Top 15 of the Black List in 2009, and is said to be so full of quirks and absurdist humor that it comes off as almost Wes Anderson-lite.

The story follows fourteen year old Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) who has grown tired of the poor parenting skills of his divorced father (Nick Offerman). He and his friends decide to build their own house in the woods, away from the regular restraints of their lives. Unfortunately the friends soon learn that escaping society was a ploy, and Joe's real purpose to build the house was to try and hook up with his wise-cracking and beautiful best friend (Alison Brie).

Things deteriorate into comedic spin on "Lord of the Flies" and "Stand By Me" from there. It's all a little wacky, but reviews from the festival claim it is well-paced and boasts some great performances. Not only are the kids skilled enough at pulling off their hyper-real dialogue whilst still seeming like teens, but some excellent comic talent fills out the parental roles such as Will and Grace's Megan Mullally, 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Arrested Development's Tony Hale."

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