I blogged a while back about how much I liked The Kings Of Summer. Unfortunately it had a very limited release but now it's out on DVD...

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Mendo Shutaro

    on 23 Oct 2013 12:19

    I loved it, it was a joy from start to finish. The cast was great, but Biaggio, played by Moises Arias was a real stand out. He had several genuinely funny moments, and somehow managed to make such a surreal character not seem out of place.

    It's really too bad things like this disappear without trace, while the multiplexes are filled with brainless tosh.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by The real Son of Clough

    on 15 Oct 2013 11:35

    I watched this the other night and was hoping for something as good as Stand by Me. I have to say i thought it was a bit of a mess. There were a number of things I liked - the two main characters (Joe and Patrick) were good and I liked their dysfunctional relationships with their parents and the love interest - something which can come between the closest friends. I think if the story had retained that focus it would have been excellent. Unfortunately, it was ruined, for one reason :
    Biaggio.
    It was as if he had parachuted in from a Wes Anderson film - I was expecting Jason Schwarzman to turn up as a scout leader at any moment. There is quirky and then there is just plain strange and the character was allowed to go the entirety of the film being strange but without any exploration for why. Surely, this would have given more depth to his character. Instead we ended up with a strange dynamic, with two ordinary boys, who for some reason put up with the little weirdo interrupting their teenage crisis / rite of passage. I thought is was poor judgement to write the character in such a way

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Raffaella

    on 7 Oct 2013 20:22

    I just found the characters to be so annoying, especially the main character, Joe. I had to stop half way through. I’ll give it another go later but I doubt the second half will redeem it for me. At least now I know I’m not alone in thinking this way, all the way through I was thinking “why do I not like this when everybody else does?”.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Neil Weightman

    on 6 Oct 2013 20:53

    Just watched this on DVD and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Gabriel

    on 3 Oct 2013 21:29

    One of the cinemas in Oxford is showing this, starting tomorrow. Been looking forward to it ever since hearing about it on this blog! From what I've seen of it, I think I will like it a lot.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 3 Oct 2013 10:18

    Kings Of Summer shouldn't be mirrored against Stand By Me or Mud. It's a quirky comedy, bearing little resemblance to those two straight dramas, and is akin more to something Todd Solondz or Charlie Kaufman might do. Although with Solondz, I dread to think what else might have happened in that wooden shack!!

    Though watchable, KoS missed a lot of comedy opportunities and wasn't dramatic enough when it needed to be. But I really liked Biaggio (or was it Gary Neville?) and the denouement was nicely underplayed. I just wish it had been more quirky, because we've pretty much seen all this before. 6.5/10

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by SheffTim

    on 2 Oct 2013 18:59

    #10. Danny Dyer now in Eastenders. A fitting end to his career? (At least it should free up some room in the ‘worst of the year’ category.)

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by huntisova

    on 2 Oct 2013 18:49

    I'd read the review of 'The Kings of Summer' in 'Sight & Sound', & I had made a mental note of it, but it was only after Mark had raved about it that I made the effort to see it. I was so glad I did; it has to be my favourite film of the year so far by quite some distance.

    For me it ticked all the boxes, but in particular I loved the characters & the performances (& not just the central three); the actors did a wonderful job. I also thought it displayed a fantastic sense of humour throughout; much like after I saw 'Anchorman' for the first time, I found myself chuckling to myself about various bits for days afterwards, with some lines proving instantly quotable.

    At the end of the film I was left sitting with a smile on my face & I couldn't wait to recommend it to my friends. Hopefully it will eventually be more widely regarded as the classic it is.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Arch Stanton

    on 2 Oct 2013 14:04

    It's my day off and I've just enjoyed what will no doubt be one of my favourite films of the year, The Kings Of The Summer. A beautifully acted story, with wonderful writing and genuine emotion on display, this is an easy film to like. It's such a shame that many people -myself included- didn't get a chance to catch this one on the big screen. That said, there is little a screen size can do to diminish the quality and feel good factor of this film. I urge anyone to pick this up on DVD/Blu Ray, you'll feel better having watched it -honest!

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Ciaran

    on 2 Oct 2013 13:16

    I believe this is a film that people need to be constantly reminded of and good on you for doing that. It's been a long time since I have seen a film, like this, where I have been this genuinely suprised at how good it was. I know you talked it up but it didn't matter, it delievered even more than I hoped it would.
    The characters are pitch perfect, the story is beautifully written, the directing is superb but it was the acting that really blew me away.
    It's a story that is easily indentifiable, although maybe not the exact circumstances, but everyone knows what it is like to be the guy stepped over and this gave the film its real emotional resonance for me.
    I was also suprised at how laugh out loud funny it was, I laughed constantly and I laughed hard.
    I cannot wait to see what Jordan Vogt-Roberts does next, a real gem of a film and a soon to be cult classic. Move over Stand By Me, there is a new kid in town.
    Watch it, Love it, Tell everyone!

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