The Way, Way Back 2013

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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
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5 of 5 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hood on 25 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
The Way Way Back is a follow up to The Descendants for writer/director pair Nat Faxon and Jim Rash that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It is a coming of age film focused on an awkward teenager named Duncan (Liam Jones) who has been forced on a vacation with his mother and her new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell). The relationship between Duncan and Trent is uneasy to say the very least. The film opens with Trent telling Duncan that, on a scale of 1 to 10, Duncan is a 3. Duncan wishes he could be with his father, all while he continues to become more and more disgusted with his mother's choice in Trent. From their summer beach house he finds a bicycle and makes his way to Water Wizz, a local water park built during the 1980s, and run by Owen (Sam Rockwell) and his girlfriend Caitlyn (Maya Rudolph). At Water Wizz Duncan finds a place where he belongs as his family life continues to devolve back at the beach house.

When The Way, Way Back is centered on the story of a boy living in a divorced family and dealing with his mother's new boyfriend The Way, Way Back is a spot on, honest movie about a teenager growing up in a divided family. The material at Water Wizz is also enjoyable.

Occasionally hard to sit through due to the overwhelming awkwardness of the situations, one cannot penalize The Way Way Back for its accuracy. The moments watching 14 year old Duncan respond to his mother and Trent are incredibly genuine and do set the film apart. It is a rough subject matter to address in film, but it is done well here and is in no way sugar coated.

The acting is, like the plot, down to earth. All the characters are believable. Steve Carrell is an unlikable character, and we are not meant to support him, but the character of Trent does exist as a human being.
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10 of 11 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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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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