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The Way, Way Back 2013 Subtitles

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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!

Steve Carell, Toni Collette
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette
Supporting actors Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, River Alexander, Zoe Levin, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Adam Riegler, Jeremy Weaver, Robert Capron, Rodney Lodge, Devon Werden, Ava Deluca-Verley, Jake Picking
Studio Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hood on 25 Sept. 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Corey 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 Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
I had seen the trailer for this movie a number of times at my local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati and couldn't wait to see this movie. The movie opened in July, and I went to see it right away.

"The Way, Way Back" (2013 release; 103 min.) tells the story of 14 yr. old Duncan (played by newcomer Liam James) who, along with his mom Pam (played by Toni Collette), her boyfriend Trent (played by Steve Carell) and his 16 or 17 yr. old daughter Stephanie, are going to spend the summer at Trent's summer house on a beach somewhere in Massachusetts. Right as the movie opens, Trent and Duncan get into an already destined-to-be-a-classic exchange: Trent: "On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you see yourself?"; Duncan: "a 6"; Trent: "a 6? more like a 3... Let's try and get that score up this summer!". Duncan has a hard time fitting in with anyone but he does seem to be able to talk to Suzanna, the neighbor's daughter who's just a bit older than him. Duncan then strikes gold when he is able to get a job at the local water amusement park (called Water Wizz, which in fact does exist in real life under that name) and gets taken under the wings of the park's manager Owen (played by Sam Rockwell). It doesn't mean that all is well, though. But to tell you more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this is yet another coming-of-age film in the last several months, after "Mud" and "The Kings of Summer", yet this one clearly stands apart from the previous two, both in its bitter-sweet tone, and its depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
A new star is born! Liam James, who plays Duncan, a 14 year old boy in this coming of age film. What a performance he gives, as a more than awkward kid, going on vacation with his newly divorced mom and new boyfriend. Mom, played by Toni Collette, is a meek woman, devastated by a divorce and allows her new boyfriend, played by Steve Carrell, to walk all over her, and her son, Duncan.

They arrive at the summer house of the boyfriend, and Duncan knows what he is up against in the snarky, mean boyfriend. He has rated Duncan a 3 out of 10, and expects Duncan to move up. Duncan, trying to avoid the boyfriend, rides off everyday on an old used bicycle, to the sumner water sports arena. He is befriended by Owen, a 30 something guy pretending he is a teenager. Owen gives Duncan a job, and his life improves at work. At home, mom is still meek and mild, suspecting her boyfriend is cheating, but too afraid to say anything.

The next door boozed up lady, played by Alison Janney has a daughter who Duncan likes and they strike up a friendship. The summer moves on until trouble erupts between boyfriend and mom. Things left unsaid and emotions come to the fore, Boyfriend, Trent, is one of those men with no redeeming qualities, picking on others to make himself look good. Duncan, learns to be a man and comes out of his shell. A long miserable summer has turned into lessons on living.

Recommended. prisrob 12-08-13
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