The Way, Way Back 2013

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(50) 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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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
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Steele on 14 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I went to see this film when I come out in cinema and I still think it is one of the best films I have ever seen. And I watch a lot of films. The story Line of the film is brilliant as well as the acting.. Have recommended my friends to watch it and I don't think this movie got the reconition it diserves..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 5 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
I read some good reviews of this but wasn't overly excited about yet another retro coming of age tale. The fact the brilliant Sam Rockwell was on the cast list swayed me into giving this a go, needless to say I wasn't disappointed. It's superb and hilarious.

Liam James plays our protagonist Duncan, a young man in a summer of purgatory in a beach house with his mother and her current partner (brilliantly played against type by Steve Carell). A journey of self discovery follows as it so often does as Duncan meets various other characters who have a major impact on him. None more so than local theme park owner Owen, a lovable rogue played to perfection by Sam Rockwell.

The cast are universally brilliant. He may be unknown to me but Liam James is a revelation as he charts Duncan's journey. Toni Collette, Amanda Peet and, as a hilariously inappropriate mother, Alison Janney all make great contributions. Rockwell and Carell I've already mentioned but as a bonus you also get Jim Rash (The Dean from TV series Community) in an amusing supporting role.

You may have a general idea of where its all going but there is the odd twist in the tale along the way, although you may be laughing so hard it doesn't really matter anyway. Heartily recommended.
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