The Kings of Summer

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Two typical teenage boys—boys with parent troubles, girl troubles—grab a nerdy sidekick and take to the woods, determined to build a new life on their own terms. The movie's early scenes are brilliant, perfectly nailing interactions between these surly kids and their baffled, out-of-touch parents. Nick Offerman plays one kid's dad, Megan Mullally an overbearing mother, Alison Brie a sympathetic older sister. Unfortunately, those dynamics are basically ditched after the film's first act in favor of house-building montages. It made me wish for a more conventional coming-of-age story—one in which family friction is endured, rather than escaped. (ALISON HALLETT)
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Director
Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast
Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias

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