The Kings of Summer
The summer is prime time for boys to become men (see: Stand by Me, Moonrise Kingdom). But with its sharp sense of humor—like it’s ripped from a Parks and Recreation episode—The Kings of Summer takes the worn coming-of-age story and gives it a little more scruff. Three high school freshmen run away to the woods to escape the tyranny of their helicopter parents (Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson, and Nick Offerman as an “old, lonely prick,” couldn’t be funnier if they were drunk). The boys build a ramshackle house, grow facial hair, and run around with swords shouting “Freedom!” while their parents count the days their sons have been missing and wonder where they went wrong. Things stay light thanks to newcomers Nick Robinson as ringleader Joe, who sports the charm and hair stylings of Justin Bieber, and Moises Arias as offbeat tagalong Baggio, a sort-of mini Steve Carell who wears turtlenecks in the summer and wields a machete like it’s a Nerf sword. Where did they get swords and machetes, and the couch for their shack, and all that beer? We never find out, and to be honest, who cares? Grown-ups ask those kinds of questions. Opens June 7, Lincoln Square and Landmark Harvard Exit.
It's been nearly 20 years since Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) fell for each other on a train to Vienna in Before Sunrise, and nine years since they reconnected Before Sunset in Paris. Now the unlikeliest of trilogies concludes with the couple in Greece—married! with kids!—and wondering if their love story could sustain its fairytale origins. Opens June 14, Egyptian Theatre and Sundance Cinemas.
Sure, every script about a twentysomething female trying to survive in New York sounds like an episode of Girls right now, but there's nothing mean or naked about Frances (Greta Gerwig). It's easy to care about this bumbling wannabe dancer, who pirouettes in crosswalks and trips over herself like a Woody Allen character. Director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) and Gerwig cowrote this lighthearted flick. In theaters now, Regal Meridian 16 and Sundance Cinemas.