***1/2 (three-and-a-half stars)
Teen rebellion takes some strange turns in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' sharp comedy. Joe Toy (Nick Robinson), at 15, is fed up with his sarcastic father (Nick Offerman). His best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) is equally tired of his dorky parents (Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson). So they, along with oddball classmate Biaggio (scene-stealer Moises Arias), build their own ramshackle house in the woods and start living off the land -- a great plan until Joe's crush, Kelly (Erin Moriarty), enters the picture. Vogt-Roberts sets a kicky pace, and draws from a hilarious ensemble that includes Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub. But the MVP here is Chris Galletta's script, which is as knowing of teen emotions as it is acidly funny.
-- Sean P. Means
"Toy's House" screens again: Monday, 11:30 a.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City; Thursday, 3 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City; Friday, 9 p.m., Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City; Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City.
|1.||Family says police shot Utah man because he was black|
|2.||Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors is a grounded guy — and a Utahn|
|3.||Bear attack in Wyoming kills Utah man|
|4.||Kragthorpe: Brandon Doman moves on, from BYU to little league|
|5.||Mormons’ close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP|
|6.||Ex-LDS presiding bishop is favorite to head UTA board|
|7.||Regulators weighing wireless connecting standards|
|8.||Evidence disputed in Saratoga Springs shooting|
|9.||Martin MacNeill to serve up to 15 years for sexual abuse|
|10.||Utah author James Dashner getting the Hollywood treatment with ‘The Maze Runner’|