The Kings of Summer is a charmer that delights primarily due to its laughs. The simplicities that exist here, pertaining to teenage life and running away, work only because the movie infuses them with great one-liners and moments of stark emotion that resonate deeply. It’s a beautifully shot film, in terms of composition and framing, and the score is wonderfully diverse, but the experience itself comes across as somewhat forgettable. The film feels complex when scenes revolve around silence, or more nuance, but the redundant moments in the film are at least filled with humor; that makes for an entertaining and certainly quotable experience, with Biaggio (played by Moises Arias) stealing the scene and Nick Offerman solidifying himself as a strong supporting actor. The movie’s well-intentioned, occasionally mean-spirited in its humor, but consistent in its developments and a solid film overall.
Grade: ★★★½ (out of 5)