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Kings Of Summer (2013) Is One Of Those Movies I Randomly Watched Expecting Nothing Special But Ended Up Becoming One Of My Favorite Movies

I decided to put on [Kings of Summer](https://youtu.be/fThJt2nRUeM) in the background while I work. I find it weird that I don’t know anyone [of my movie nerd friends] who has seen this. It’s about a group of three friends who decide to run away and live in a janky house they built themselves. I only found about it from my cousin back in 2014 when I was looking for something to watch over the weekend. Honestly, I was a bit apprehensive about watching it because I thought it was some sort of Project X/American Pie type of movie. Boy was I wrong, so glad I gave it a shot.

I just love the *vibe* of the movie and the way it’s shot. This particular [scene](https://youtu.be/PgBdU4CFCZM) especially warms my heart. It perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being young and goofing off with your boys during summer. It takes me back to how me and my cousins spend our summers back in the day. Funnily enough, I did actually live this movie (without the running away part) when I helped my cousin build his farm house in the middle of a forrest during one of my breaks in college. Shame I still haven’t had a chance to spend a night there.

I’m surprise at how many notable people are in this. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Tom Middleditch, Kunail Nanjiani, Mark Evan Jackson, to name a few.

It really sucks that the director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, doesn’t have that much in his cinematic resume. What’s super weird to me is he followed this up with Kong: Skull Island. Skull Island is the best Monsterverse movie by far, and I really love the fact that he wears his fandom on his sleeve. The Akira and Evangelion references on Skull Island are top notch. And the dude rubs elbows with practically everyone nerds like to the point he even has a cameo in Death Stranding.

Anyways, go watch it. It’s a chill movie to watch when you want to relax and reminisce about the time when summers actually meant having time off.



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  1. I preferred The Way Way Back, the main character was too unlikeable in Kings of Summer IMO. Also what was up with the weirdly racist mother of the other character?

  2. I was taking a cross country bus trip in summer 2013 and got delayed significantly by the Calgary flood. Instead of a straight shot to Winnipeg, I first went to Kamloops in the afternoon and stayed until midnight, then went 9 hours to Edmonton and stayed there until midnight, and then continued on.

    For the Kamloops layover I went to see World War Z, and for the Edmonton layover I went to see Kings of Summer, Monsters University, and Before Midnight.

    I haven’t seen any of the four films since, but I did enjoy both Kings of Summer and Before Midnight. WWZ was quite a disappointment, and the only one of the four that I had intended to see in theatres before getting delayed for ~24 hours.

  3. Omg it’s one of my faves too, I watched it so many times in high school and I never see it brought up !! It’s because of this movie that The Youth by MGMT is one of my favorite songs too !

  4. Love this movie as well. Definitely one of my favourite coming-of-age stories as well. The OST was wildly different, too.

    Biaggio was hilarious!

  5. It has its flaws, but Kings of Summer is a gem. For that entire year it was basically my entire Pinterest moodboard lol. I remember being so excited for its release after watching the trailer, and the plot not going the way I expected it to but still being an enjoyable ride! The whole movie just captures a certain aesthetic and feeling that struck me unlike any other coming-of-age film I’ve watched so far.

  6. I was really disappointed with this film, I was expecting stand by me feels but it just didn’t get me emotionally at all. Perhaps I was too old when I watched it and couldn’t identify.

  7. Great film, with a retrospectively stacked and familiar comedic cast. Vogt-Roberts also directed the pilot and several other episodes of Your The Worst, which is how I learned of this movie.

  8. its a great feeling to come across something randomly you’re weren’t expecting anything out of …………..and it turns out to be a favorite

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