Friday, June 21 2013, 12:24 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Kings of Summer
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias
Recommended To: Those searching for a enjoyable comedy about being young, carefree and naïve.
Synopsis: Three teens runaway from home to build a house in the woods and live off the land.
Review: In high school I wasn’t particularly drawn to the works of Walt Whitman or Henry David Thoreau. I preferred the melancholy industrialism of F. Scott Fitzgerald to visions of rustic freedom. Still, I longed for a place that was uniquely mine. Somewhere self sustaining and removed from the trivialities of the high school regimen. So the adventures of Joe, Patrick and Biaggio in The Kings of Summer were something I could connect with. I’ve known these kids. I’ve probably even been parts of them from time to time. Their bravery mixed with a hefty dose of delusion has a certain beauty to it. Sadly, beauty does fade rather quickly when reality gets in the way. I wish they had managed to get a PG-13 rating so more teens could see it.
-Ryan Michael Painter