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Lessons In Living,
This review is from: The Way, Way Back [DVD] (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