DIFF 2013 Film Review: The Kings of Summer

the kings of summer movie posterTHE KINGS OF SUMMER is movie rich on casting while a tad bit short on script magic. With that said, it’s a very cute film that is watchable…once. Debuting in the comedy genre, there are laughs to be had but not remembered. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Screenwriter Chris Galletta teamed up to tell a coming of age tale about a group of friends that 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.  Seems okay as a premise but the execution of the story is adequate only where you want it to be great.

It’s not bad…and that ain’t good.

No rating, 93 minutes
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast: Alison Brie, Eugene Cordero, Gabriel Basso, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Megan Mullally, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Nick Robinson
Screenwriter/s: Chris Galletta
Producer/s: Allan Marks, Eric Hollenbeck, John Hodges, Michael Razewski, Peter Saraf, Richard Rothfeld, Robert Ruggeri, Susan Wasserman, Tyler Davidson

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