A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: The Kings of Summer

The Ivy Film Festival presents an advanced screening of The Kings of Summer tonight at 8 p.m. This “unforgettable coming-of-age comedy” is a 2013 Sundance Selection, and made a ton of Top-Ten-Must-See Sundance film lists. The film’s official release date is May 31, 2013. It’s projected to be a huge summer hit.

The Kings of Summer is a comedic tale of three teenage boys who try to make a home for themselves in the woods, Jean Craighead George-style. The film features comedy stars Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation, Alison Brie from Community, and Megan Mullalley from Will and Grace and the equally as important “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” commercials. Some of you may also remember Moises Arias, the wily Rico from Hannah Montana, and if you don’t, here’s a video of him doing the “Stanky Leg.”  He plays one of the boys in this film, alongside Gabriel Basso and Nick Robinson.

For those of you who saw The Way, Way Back earlier this week (or heard every person in attendance raving afterwards), you should trust the IFF’s judgment when they say that this movie is going to kill it. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. See ya there!


A cool thing you shouldn’t miss: ‘The Way Way Back’ at the Avon tonight

THE WAY, WAY BACK

The trailer isn’t even out yet.

The Ivy Film Festival’s advanced screenings for 2013 kick off tonight with a free showing of The Way Way Back at the Avon tonight at 7 p.m. The film is the directorial debut of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the Oscar-award winning screenwriters of The Descendants, and is due for official release July 5. Fox Searchlight bought distribution for a cool $10 million, which is the most spent on a Sundance film since the studio bought Little Miss Sunshine in 2006.

The movie reunites Sunshine alum Steve Carell and Toni Collette, and also stars Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and Amanda Peet. The plot follows teen Dunan (Liam James) as he deals with summer at his mom’s douchey boyfriend’s beach house. Unsurprisingly, Collette plays the struggling single mom in the relationship with a man who is both cheating on her and hazing her son; very surprisingly, it is Carrell portraying said bad-guy. Sam Rockwell stars as the cool waterpark owner who gives Duncan a secret job and helps with the coming-of-age side of this dysfunctional family comedy. As far as Sundance movies go, this is as summer blockbuster-y as you can get. Plus, this is a good reason to go to the Avon for the first time  — we love free things!

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