Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank’s, attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio and announces that they are going to build a house there—free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the short Successful Alcoholics, which screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, returns with a feature film debut fueled by teenage angst and childlike imagination. Anchored by the comedic performances of newcomers Nick Robinson, Moises Arias, and Gabriel Basso, Vogt-Roberts and screenwriter Chris Galletta create a humorous coming-of-age tale that deftly combines moments of heartfelt rebellion and complete lunacy. - C. R.
About the Director
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is the cocreator and director of the Comedy Central television show Mash Up and the director of the acclaimed short film Successful Alcoholics, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently screened at more than 30 festivals worldwide. His award-winning work on the Web and with branded content has reached millions of viewers and launched a career in commercials. Hailing from the ruins of Detroit but currently living in Los Angeles, Vogt-Roberts also loves dachshunds.
Cast and Credits
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Screenwriter: Chris Galletta
Executive Producers: Richard Rothfeld, Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Producers: Tyler Davidson, Peter Saraf, John Hodges
Coproducer: Robert Ruggeri
Cinematographer: Ross Riege
Editor: Terel Gibson
Production Designer: Tyler Robinson
Principal Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub
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