The Way, Way Back is a new movie written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. It first premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and revolves around the story of a 14 year old boy named Duncan (Liam James) who is on a summer vacation with his mother Pam (Toni Collette). Duncan also has to cope with his mother’s overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell) and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). This young boy finds it hard to fit in until he finds an unexpected friend Owen (Sam Rockwell), a manager of a water park. This friendship will allow Duncan to open up and to finally find his place in the world. A beautiful journey during the summer that he will never forget. Check out the Sundance review for The Way, Way Back below:
“Early Review for The Way, Way Back
It isn’t quite “Little Miss Sunshine,” but it’s close enough. “The Way, Way Back” is the first movie I’ve seen at the fest (out of 15 or so) that I really loved. This summery coming-of-age movie is a hilarious, emotionally satisfying, crowd-pleasing treat that drew long and sustained applause here today. I’d be surprised if any film sells for more than this one this year (though a few big titles have yet to screen). The movie is sweet without being syrupy, it’s commercial without being a sell-out, and its dialogue sparkles from beginning to end. Moreover, the great Sam Rockwell delivers the most delightful performance I’ve seen here.
The directorial debut of actor-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won an Oscar (along with Alexander Payne) for their screenplay for “The Descendants,” begins with a quiet 14-year-old boy (Liam James) in the way, way back seat of an old 70s station wagon. His mother (Toni Collette) is asleep upfront, where her new boyfriend (Carell) is haranguing the kid, asking him how he’d rank himself on a scale of one to ten. “Six,” says the kid. “I’d say you’re a three,” says Carell.
The makeshift sort-of family is heading to an East Coast beach house for the summer, where the boy, Duncan, whose father has decamped for San Diego, is aching to get away from his would-be stepdad (Carell plays the character nicely, leaving open the possibility that he might not be as much of a tool as he seems) and the frighteningly friendly neighbor (Allison Janney, who reels off about 40 hilarious lines in three minutes). Another horrifying visitor to the house (Amanda Peet) sings along while blasting Mister Mister’s “Kyrie,” though she thinks the chorus is “carry a laser.” The only bright spot is the neighbor’s amiable daughter (AnnaSophia Robb), who is at least nice to Duncan.
Seeking any respite he can get, Duncan borrows a (girl’s) bike and heads off into town, where, while playing Pac Man in a restaurant, he meets the manager (Rockwell) of the local water park. The movie’s been very fine to this point, but now it blasts into orbit on the energy of this exceptionally charismatic actor and the explosively funny dialogue Rash and Faxon have written for him.”
The rest of the review can be read at The New York Post by clicking here.
Don’t miss this beautiful coming of age movie, The Way, Way Back this July 5th 2013 in theaters near you.
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