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The Kings of Summer

The Kings of Summer
The Kings of Summer
The Kings of Summer
  • R
  • 1h 35m
  • 2013
Certified Fresh76%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
The Kings Of Summer follows three teenage boys (Robinson, Basso and Arias) as they head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh76%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to charming performances and endearingly off-kilter spirit, The Kings of Summer proves to be a slight, sweet entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Funny teen coming-of-age story has swearing, some drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age dramedy about freshmen/sophomore-age high school students. Like Stand by Me, the strong language is the main reason for the movie's "R" rating. Words include "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," and "c--t." There's also some teen drinking, mainly at a big party early in the film, and then some casual beer-sipping later on. There's a fairly intense scene of a character catching and skinning a rabbit, which appears real. Characters often fight and argue as well. Though there are some romantic stirrings between teens, there's little more than flirting (older characters are seen kissing), though one scene does suggest masturbation in the shower (nothing graphic is shown). Overall, the characters mean well (despite some iffy decisions/actions), and the film has worthy messages about friendship and self-sufficiency.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:May 31, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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