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on 5 October 2016
At the conclusion of this film the main character who is a boy who has finally overcame his social awkwardness to gain friends and a girl.
He is then taken away from his new friends and girl by his mother's partner, a man who has bullied and hassled the boy for months. The reason they have to leave is purely because the man has had an affair with a family friend, which for some reason his mother forgives.
So that's the moral of this story really. Bully kids and cheat on your partner and you still get to ruin your step-sons summer.
So why two stars for this slow, vapid, generally devoid of all human feeling mess? Well half a star goes to Sam Rockwell for playing the main character Duncan's (played by Liam James) friend and boss named Owen. Rockwell works well with both James and Jim Rash (who plays a fellow employee of Duncan's). Half a star. The other half star is for AnnaSophia Robb who brightens up all the films I've seen her in. Although I haven't seen her in many things so I don't know if she's a good actress, she's certainly a likeable one.
If this hadn't mislabelled itself as a comedy I may have liked it more. But it's not even that good a drama. The writers also worked together on "The Descendants", a tougher to watch but much more mature and rewarding effort that this lazy attempt,