Summer in suburbia is what you make of it. For some, it’s a parent-controlled prison. For Joe Toy, it’s an opportunity for freedom.
In the trailer for The Kings of Summer (which premiered at Sundance as Toy’s House), we meet Joe (Nick Robinson), a not-completely-gawky teenage boy, delivering a shoddy-looking project to his teacher, who casually informs him that his final was due a week earlier and that school is in fact over for the year. Who is this kid who doesn’t realize it’s summer?
At home, Joe is at the disposal of his father, Frank (played by the always delightful Nick Offerman) who authoritatively takes the cell phone out of his son’s hand to end his conversation with a cute blonde girl so that he can go clean up the tools in the garage. “My house, my rules,” Frank tells Joe. Ah, the authority of fathers!
In the sweet, whimsical-looking trailer, we follow Joe and his two friends as they escape to the woods to build a house and create their own kingdom, set to the uplifting We Were Promised Jetpacks song “Keeping Warm.” Co-starring Megan Mullally (Offerman’s real-life spouse), Alison Brie, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, The Kings of Summer hits select theaters on May 31.
Check out the trailer below.