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THE KINGS OF SUMMER
What if Henry David Thoreau moved to Walden not to get away from civilization but to get away from his parents? That’s the conceit, more or less, behind “The Kings of Summer,” a stylish and very funny teenage coming-of-age story graced with surreal fringes and a mysteriously hushed core.
A disaffected Ohio 15-year-old (Nick Robinson) drops off the suburban grid and, with two friends (Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias), builds his own house in the woods. The dialogue is often explosively funny and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts finds an easy niche between naturalism and style. It’s small human comedy that touches on bigger things, but then has the good sense to back away. With Nick Offerman and Megan Mulally, both in fine farcical fettle.