The Kings of Summer
Escaping parents in a coming-of-age comedy
Naturally, the endless-seeming summer days become fraught with problems, girls among them.
Robinson and Basso catch the roiling hormones and sullen emotions of adolescence in this comedy of sight gags and dry humor. Much of the amusement comes from the uncomprehending relations between parents and sons. Joe’s dad, Frank (Nick Offerman), is demeaning and sarcastic, imposing arbitrary rules on his family and the unwilling world outside. Especially funny is Frank’s encounter with the Middle Eastern-American delivering an order of Chinese to the door, which devolves into an argument over the size of the wontons. By contrast, Patrick’s parents (Megan Mullally and Marc Evan Jackson) are intrusively supportive—the brittle banality of their PC pretentiousness cracking under strain.
A favorite at Sundance, The Kings of Summer is an amusing lark of a movie that teases at the bonds of family and friendship.