There are movies that make you flashback to moments in your own life. When a character faces heartbreak you feel it in your chest. You cover your eyes because you feel secondhand embarrassment. Maybe you can feel their triumph or their anxiety. In the coming-of-age comedy "The Kings of Summer", you relive the days of your adolescence. The synopsis: In order to run away from the monotony and stress of their home lives, three boys decide to leave home and build a house in the woods. It is well cast, with Nick Offerman (from Parks and Recreation) and Moises Arias as the main source of comedy. They are offbeat and a joy to watch. It also helps if you like slow-motion and beautiful shots of the wilderness. There are plenty of those. Also as a born and raised Ohioan, I love that it is set and filmed in Ohio (not too far from where I went to high school). Although critics have had mixed feelings about this movie, I would recommend it. It was slow at moments but I think that's part of the artistic message behind it. Slow down. Enjoy your youth. Savor those memories. It brought memories of my own middle school and high school days. I remember pining over the boy I couldn't have. I remember playing in the woods and building forts with the neighborhood kids. I remember friend break-ups and make-ups. It brought back memories of how badly I wanted my independence. Now, I wish I didn't have to grow up. "The Kings of Summer" is heartwarming, funny, and sentimental.
Have you seen it? What do you think? Would you recommend it?