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DVD review: Teens go solo in 'Kings of Summer'

Published September 24, 2013 8:46 am

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Grade • B

DVD • The comedy "The Kings of Summer" captures perfectly that sensibility that most teens have: that they're ready to be independent, no matter what their parents think. Best friends Joe (Nick Robinson) and Patrick (Gabriel Basso) chafe at their parents' dorkiness, so they and their bug-eyed classmate Biaggio (scene-stealer Moises Arias) build their own house in the woods.

The idyllic summer hits a snag when pretty Kelly (Erin Moriarty) comes between Joe and Patrick.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts draws solid laughs from his ensemble cast (including Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally), while Chris Galletta's script delivers sharp dialogue and genuine teen emotions. —

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