Date Screened: 6th January 2014


A unique coming of age comedy where three Ohio teenage friends who in an act of independence decide to spend the summer building a house and live off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, the idyllic summer becomes a test of friendship. A warm hearted and commendably daft comedy.

DIRECTOR: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Nick Robinson , Gabriel Basso , Moises Arias

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes


COUNTRY: United States

BBFC RATING: 15 (Click here for the full classification report)

Reaction Index Score: 88%

Official Trailer


The Guardian logo
If David Gordon Green had made Son of Rambow, it might have looked something like this: a sunny and reasonably funny coming-of-ager from Sundance-ratified debutant Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Three high-school boys evade their overbearing families by constructing a new home in the nearby woods, hoping the task will make men of them; instead, inevitably, they grow bumfluffed, hungry and terrified of the wildlife … Click here for the full review
Vogt-Roberts manages the neat trick of making his film feel both nostalgic and current, which, along with his two-friends-plus-crackpot leads, will remind many viewers of Greg Mottola’s Superbad. But The Kings of Summer is no imitation: it lollops along to its own lazy drumbeat, perfectly evoking that too-brief time of life when you could pass the evenings drunk on stolen beer and all the spare time you could dream of … Click here for the full review

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Empire Online logo
… it features a troika of instantly likeable, utterly believable performances (Gabriel Basso as odd kid Biaggio is standout) and has enough honest charm to excuse the bumpy screenplay and occasionally uncertain direction … Click here for the full review and rating
… what’s so delightful about Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ indie-com debut is the way he takes the script’s Stand By Me staples and makes them shine anew like freshly polished pennies … Click here for the full review and rating