The Kings of Summer Trailer: 3 Teen Thoreaus

Colby D Crossland/Getty Images Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

The Kings of Summer is a Sundance favorite from first-time director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (among his short-film credits, JVR co-wrote the pretty good T.J. Miller/Lizzy Caplan number Successful Alcoholics, from 2010. If you have 25 minutes to blow, I wouldn’t not check it out). Your basic setup: Three kids, with various motivations — one’s dad is jerk Ron Swanson (a.k.a. Nick Offerman), one’s mom is needling Megan Mullally (aaaah, the two are married in real life but not in this, aahhhhh) — decide to skip out on regular home life, build a ramshackle crib in the woods, and squeeze in some super high-quality coming-of-age stuff. You know, your basic fake-hunting, machete’ing, shirtless sword running, all that good stuff. Slashfilm, who saw the movie at Sundance and gives it the co-sign, says the trailer conveys something a bit more straightforward than what you’ll actually end up seeing on the screen. But screw it. This is already super motivating: Think about all that DIY carpentering/adventuring when you make your summer plans, and they consist entirely of the words get, drunk, and outside.

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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