In director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ new film, The Kings of Summer, three teenagers (Moises Arias, Gabriel Basso, and Nick Robinson), run away from their respective families (which include the perfectly droll Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally of Parks and Recreation, and Alison Brie of Community) to build their own house over the course of one summer. And if the red-band trailer (for language) is any indication, it has the makings of a cult classic.
The trailer does a lot to showcase Offerman’s brand of world-weary, man’s man cynicism, and Mullally has a nice but quick moment. But the trailer really belongs to Arias, Basso, and Robinson, and their escapades in the forest in which they build their home away from home, and play with a bunch of giant swords:
In all, it seems like a charming and modern take on the nostalgic rite of passage film genre that did so well with films like Stand By Me and The Goonies (both of which are double featured with The Kings of Summer this month in L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema), but with worse language and more Nick Offerman (always, always a good thing).
The Kings of Summer is set for a May 30th release date.
What do you think of the trailer?