Movie Review: The Way Way Back

The way way back one sheetDuncan is about to have an awkward but memorable summer. In The Way Way Back, Duncan (Liam James) is on the road in the back of a fully restored station wagon with his mom Pam (Tony Collette) her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and Trent’s daughter. They are heading to Trent’s summer home in Massachusetts. This is Duncan’s first time here. He’s 14, the neighbors either yell at Trent’s daughter and her friends to drag him along or Duncan ends up stuck Peter who’s much younger.

The crew of Water wizz

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Duncan would rather be anywhere but here. When he notices some odd things about Trent, Sees that his mom is acting very out of character and the girl next door Susanna seems just out of his reach Duncan’s wandering around the area cases him to come across Water Wizz Park. While at Water Wizz he meets Owen (Sam Rockwell) the owner of the park. Owen takes him in and gives him a job. Surrounded by the other Water Wizz employees Duncan feels like he belongs somewhere when his parents divorce still fresh for him and his father being distant as he moves across the country with his new wife gives Duncan a sense of solace in a crazy world to a teenager.

Duncan and Susanna

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Sam Rockwell really shines as Owen. He plays a man not ready to grow up but willing to be a shield and a beacon of hope for Duncan. Owen’s flirtations with his Caitlin (Maya Rudolph) remind you that while he can sometimes act responsible he’s not an adult who’s got his act all together. Along with other staff members Roddy and Lewis The crew welcomes Duncan as one of their own. Allison Janney also appears as Betty the next door neighbor. She’s loud she’s funny and makes fun of her own kids. As the other divorces one in the group she knows what’s going on and has 3 kids to deal with at different life stages. The way she picks on her own son Peter is rather funny.

Allison janney in The way way back

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Most coming of age stories are similar but that doesn’t stop them from being enjoyable. The Way Way Back is the perfect summer flick to catch on a rainy day or if you need to escape into the AC for a while.

My Rating: Matinee
Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Run time: 103 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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