‘The Kings of Summer’ Featurette: What Makes This Film So Damn Likeable?

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We posted the first trailer for The Kings of Summer last week.  I hadn’t heard much about the film before that, other than the positive early buzz it had been receiving on the festival circuit.  This featurette helps provide a glimpse into why that buzz continues to grow…

Kings of Summer is a charming coming-of-age tale in which three boys ditch their parents to build a house in the forest.  The film debuted at The Sundance Film Festival (then known as Toy’s House) and became an instant hit among audiences for its smart comedy that rises above being standard indie quirkiness thanks to honest, relatable characters.

It seems like its extended cast – from Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias – were all endeared to the story by an intelligent script.  Looks like they had fun embellishing their characters and helping bring this story to life.

Check out the featurette below…

Synopsis

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 and 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.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the short Successful Alcoholics, which screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, returns with a feature film debut fueled by teenage angst and childlike imagination. Anchored by the comedic performances of newcomers Nick Robinson, Moises Arias, and Gabriel Basso, Vogt-Roberts and screenwriter Chris Galletta create a humorous coming-of-age tale that deftly combines moments of heartfelt rebellion and complete lunacy.

Source: First Showing

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