Some coming-of-age movies find their protagonists going away to summer camp for the summer, or summer school, or going walkabout, or looking to meet the most beautiful girl at the ultimate party. In The Kings of Summer, in select theaters this Friday, three teenage friends decide to follow a different path: ditch their parents and build their dream house in the middle of the woods -- their way.
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We sit down with the film's up-and-coming young stars -- Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias – to talk about their own coming-of-age experiences and what they really think of being pigeonholed as part of the Millennials generation, which was accused by Time magazine as being "lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow."
"Part of the script was to kind of capture a new generation of kids," says the 18-year-old Robinson. "Stand By Me, they build skyscrapers; we tweet."
"Culture set us up for that," adds Basso, "because we have everything made available to us with the click of a button. You can't expect us not to be self-entitled."
Pitched as a cross between Stand By Me and Superbad, The Kings of Summer made a splash at this year's Sundance Film festival and follows a pair of high school friends, Joe (Robinson) and Patrick (Basso), who are living in misery under the rule of their parents. Looking to find an escape, Joe finds a clearing in the woods that would make the perfect spot for the ultimate hideaway. Joined by their eccentric and unpredictable pal Biaggio (Arias), the three teens decide to "run away" for the summer to live off the land, do what they want when they want, and experience the meaning of true freedom and friendship at the expense of their worried families.
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Shot in and around Chagrin Falls, Ohio and boasting a supporting cast of comic stars including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub, The Kings of Summer is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Check out the fun, interactive thinglink poster from the movie HERE.