The Way, Way Back (2013)
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THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally
Jul 5, 2013 Limited
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Navigates a crowd-pleasing middle ground between the mopey introspection of Adventureland and the raucous summer antics of Meatballs.
It would be easy to get overly critical regarding the familiar beats of this crowd-pleaser but that would miss the point. It's a funny movie with a great ensemble performance, a sweet heart, and a note-perfect ending.
The performances are solid throughout but Rockwell steals it, doing a riff on the characters Bill Murray played in movies like Stripes - the fast-talking, smart guy who really has a bigger heart than he likes to let on.
Nat Faxton and Jim Rash's directorial debut may not be breaking any new ground but this is a warm and funny tale, helped enormously by good performances and a snappy script.
Sam Rockwell steals this show. Feels like this year's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE.
When the credits roll, one is left thinking less of the fate of the characters than of the rollcall of Sundance offerings this film resembles.
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