“The Kings of Summer”

July 21st, 2013 at 10:40 am by under A Look at the Movies

Three-Star

Rated PG-13

1 hour 35 minutes

Nick Offerman

Nick Robinson

Megan Mullally

We all know that warmhearted, coming of age comedies will always find a soft spot in the hearts of sentimental moviegoers (like me) everywhere.

“The Kings of Summer” delightfully explores a teenager’s struggle to be his own person, to be independent, even at the price of irritating his grouchy father, who’s got anger issues of his own.

As the embittered parent, Nick Offerman steals the picture. His hilarious and touching performance gives the “The Kings of Summer” the spark which never loses its luster. Dad’s life has been so disappointing, he’s always lashing out at everyone.

The picture’s rich with charm and understanding. When growing pains can be an expression of just being yourself and leading a secret life.

Look, for a subject that we’ve seen so many times before, “The Kings of Summer” still looks refreshingly original.

“The Kings of Summer” works beautifully on several levels. The film balances the humor with the darker side of growing up.

“The Kings of Summer” hits the spot with a bittersweet 3 stars. Just imagine seeing a summer movie that doesn’t depend on special effects to wow its audience. This film entertains the old fashioned way. It gets you right here…

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