Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Kings of Summer Review - 4 Stars

Three teenagers run away from home and their stiffling parents in this delightful witty family comedy.  The kids of “The Kings of Summer” are mostly unknown—Nick Robinson wants to escape his depressed father still grieving the death of his wife and Nick’s mother.  Gabriel Basso wants to escape his overly involved parents including the hilarious Megan Mullally.  Moises Arias comes along— nobody knows why—but he’s quite odd and adds more than a touch of weird comic relief.  The three embark on an idea of a life of their own, building a house with scrap lumber and foraging for food, but “Walden Pond” this ain't.  The house has a porta potty front door and the foraging generally takes them to Boston Market.  Then pretty girlfriend Erin Moriarity comes to visit and things unravel with a bit of comic drama.  I sat through the credits enjoying the aftermath of this delightful indie summer treat.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Summer comedy.  Is it entertaining?  Great writing and acting.  Is it worth the price of admission?  One of the year’s best.