12. The Kings of Summer
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Stars: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Bie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Erin Moriarty
Release Date: May 24
One of the biggest hits at this year's Sundance Film Festival, The Kings of Summer comes equipped with a healthy amount of hype within the indie film world. And, we're happy to report, the positive words aren't a bunch of hyperbolic BS. First-time writer-director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' eccentric coming-of-age comedy is the real deal.
A trio of strong young actors (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) play three teens who, having grown tired of their parents' (portrayed by the likes of Party Down's Megan Mullally and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman) overbearing ways, build a ramshackle house in the woods. Heartbreaks, budding romances, failed hunting excursions, and snake attacks ensue, and it's all handled with simultaneous intelligence and weirdness by Vogt-Roberts, who's prone to surrealistic montages, moody slow-motion, and curious story twists. Superbad, it's not.