The Way, Way Back 2013

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(53) IMDb 7.4/10
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A hilarious comedy from the studio that brought you Little Miss Sunshine and Juno of a teen who finds an outlandish group of friends in a family vacation he№ll never forget!

Starring:
Steve Carell, Annasophia Robb
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

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The Way, Way Back

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Jim Rash, Nat Faxon
Starring Steve Carell, Annasophia Robb
Supporting actors Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Toni Collette
Studio Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
Duncan (Liam James) is a 14 year old boy who is in an extreme awkward stage minus the zits. His mom (Toni Collette) is dating Trent (Steve Carell) who is overly pretentious and made unlikeable. Trent has a teen daughter Steph (Zoe Levin) who is self centered. Duncan lives in a shell, but has taken a shine to Owen (Sam Rockwell) an out going adult who works at the local water slide where the modern family is summer vacationing.

Owen befriends Duncan and instills confidence in him. Duncan makes friends with the cutie and moody neighbor teen (AnnaSophia Robb) who sees her mother as irresponsible just as Duncan sees Trent and his mom. We see the world through the eyes of a teen as if once wasn't enough.

The film is a heart warming comedy. It touches on a number of family themes, but never drives home a point, or perhaps allows the audience to gather whatever meaning they desire. Worth seeing.

Parental Guide: IMDB claims 1 f-bomb. I missed it. There is other adult language including the "C" word. Pot smoking. No sex or nudity.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 27 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter.

Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the water park.....

2013 was a year of real surprises, the majority of the big summer releases were very poor, and then inbetween we had quality movies, that didn't get such a wide release, and this is a prime example of that kind of film.

Despite some dark narrative regarding Duncan's mother and her boyfriend, the film is a really feel good movie, which is really strange considering Duncan's maundering personality for the first half of the movie.

The sunshine enters the film, when we meet Owen, the movies Ace card and a career best performance from Rockwell. The mans swagger is hilarious, and no matter how immature his behaviour is, or how derogatory he is with his humour, you just cannot help but like the characters every trait.

But he's there for a better purpose, and that's to turn Duncan's frown upside down, and realise he's more than a 3' and the movie is at its most touching when the two have little moments.

Carrell is also brilliant as the cynical boyfriend, a million miles away from the character you'd expect.

Its a wonderful movie from beginning to end, easily one of the best of 2013, and if a flume ride can reduce you to tears, it's doing something right....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 April 2014
Format: DVD
The subtlety of The Way Way Back surprised me, but it is really a big advance on other theme park films like The Flamingo Kid, and much better. It manages to show very well what it is like to be a 14-year-old on holiday, surrounded by people you don't want to be with and having very little say in any of it (the real problem being his mother's new boyfriend). The gaucheness of Duncan is shown, there is a lot of humour, but he is never made fun of - although the pink bike he rides around on is. The camera is sympathetic to him, without ever being too knowing or slick. There is real insight into the social dynamics at play, but the directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash - who also wrote the script, although you need a magnifying glass to read their names on the back of the box - are not out to ridicule, but to show with incisiveness and even a certain poetry, and also to entertain, and they succeed on both counts. The performances are all excellent, but particularly outstanding are Liam James as Duncan and Sam Rockwell as the kind of guy any shy teenager would dream of meeting, I imagine. He just lifts the boy's sense of what life can be, having something of the best friend and the father-figure rolled into one. Rockwell is fantastically amiable and charismatic, and finds an excellent foil in fellow Water Park manager Maya Rudolph, with whom he has an ongoing romantic flirtation. His opening scene at a fruit machine is deftly symbolic of an attitude to life, while the next scene finds him flirting with his colleague with his leg up provocatively on a balustrade on a balcony above her. There is always something like this in Rockwell's films, and he does his physical thing very well, and with real purpose in animating the Water Park.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES] on 17 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
A wonderful bittersweet film about growing up and all the confusion and frustration that comes with it. 14-year-old introvert Duncan (Liam James) is dragged on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her smarmy new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) to his beach house in Cape Cod. It's a vacation spot where the adults seem to lose all sense of responsibility and act like teenagers, while their children look on in disgust. With the reprehensible Trent attempting to impose himself on Duncan's life, he can barely stand being in the house and withdraws into his shell in perpetual discomfort. Sick of his treatment by Trent he rides his bike inland and discovers the dilapidated Water Wizz water park and its lively manager Owen (Sam Rockwell) who senses his unhappiness and takes Duncan under his wing, introducing him to his motley crew of staff and ultimately giving him the confidence to be himself.

This is a beautifully warm-hearted experience that is nevertheless tinged with a genuine sadness and honesty. Set in a nostalgic, poppy world painted with pastel colours there's no risk of events ever becoming too dark but the occasional moments of pathos and crumbling relationships are well handled and tremendously moving. The balance of witty, sparkling comedy and the dramatic is pitch perfect and `The Way, Way Back' is as enjoyable as it is emotionally fulfilling. Tremendously well paced and structured it permits the characters and their lives room to breathe, gently progressing the story while silently establishing our empathy with Duncan. The scenes we are forced to share with Trent and his friends are as excruciating for us as they are for him, so when he finally stumbles across the water park and the welcoming Owen the sense of relief is palpable.
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