The Kings of Summer

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

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

R 2013 93 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 15+

Similar to Stand By Me

SPOILERS (go watch before reading) This drama/comedy coming of age film is a very well made and funny. It has a very good story and great acting from all of the cast. Throughout the film there is strong language, a lot like stand by me. I really enjoyed this film. The only thing i didn't like about it was towards the ending as their group had a fight and things wern't going as well... it kinda dragged on and one part in particular wasn't needed but was added to the story as if it was kinda forced. But thats just my opinion. Overall i thought this was a very good film that made me laugh and it was very interesting too.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 13+
Great little surprise of a movie. Beautifully filmed and very funny. The R rating is nonsense. Much more thought-provoking than most pre-teen and teen movies. Scene killing the rabbit (for food) could be disturbing to some but the character felt bad about it as well. This movie had some swearing but pretty minor. Did show kids drinking as a fun activity but part of the "plot". Great movie to watch with your kids. A bit of a Wes Anderson style of directing in terms of characters and humour. Laughed out loud a few times. I think this movie would be appropriate for 13/14 and up with parental guidance.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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