The Double Feature: I Declare War and The Kings of Summer
Why to Watch: First and foremost, these are both quality films. The Kings of Summer, which made waves at Sundance 2013 under the title Toy’s House, stars Nick Robinson as Joe Toy, a teenager who’s having a tough time getting along with his father (Nick Offerman). In attempt to break away and live by his own rules, Joe recruits his best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the school oddball Biaggio (Moises Arias) and the three take off into the woods, build their own home and vow to be their own men.
First-time feature filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts does a masterful job creating a fun film loaded with honest humor, but one that’s also supported by an impressive amount of poignancy. The Kings of Summer lets you enjoy the innocence of the scenario, but still makes a lasting impression by respecting the fact that these are Joe’s formative years and even though the situation is fun and games to a degree, the decisions he makes now will have weight down the line.
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