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DIFF 2013: Keep An Eye Out For “The Kings Of Summer”

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Three boys escape to the woods to build their own house, set their own rules, and live their own lives away from their families in The Kings Of Summer. Together the boys learn about friendship, life, and survival away from the pressures and annoyances of their families.

The Kings Of Summer is destined to join the ranks of great coming-of-age movies like Stand By Me. It’s a story about running away for the video game age, a generation so dependent on technology that wouldn’t know the first thing about how to survive in the woods. The story is masterful and hilarious in all the right places. Audiences will instantly relate to the boys’ plights as they escape from parents who just don’t understand. They will also laugh until their sides hurt.

The performances of the young actors themselves are outstanding. Nick Robinson (“Melissa & Joey”) and Gabriel Basso (Super 8) play best friends Joe and Patrick, who escape from their parents to live together in the woods. They are joined by a strange classmate named Biaggo, played by Moises Arias (“Hannah Montana”), whose weirdly stoic personality and sometimes profound statements steal the show. Veteran comedians Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally round out the cast as Joe and Patrick’s parents.

Without a doubt, The Kings Of Summer is an instant summer classic. The film was awarded the Narrative Feature Audience Award at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival. With a demonstrated ability to win over audiences, you’ll definitely want to kick of your summer with this movie. Kings Of Summer hits theaters on May 31st.

Review by Leslie Hurst

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