The Way Way Back Reviews
Loved how the film progressed, was very enjoyable but the ending was badly done and didn't conclude things properly.
Carell as a bad guy? That's new...but works....loved Rockwell in this :)
Sure, there are some laughs. The cast is likable and even shines on occasion (Allison Janney, in particular), but its attempts to buck the system, question established norms, and showcase a group of oddball free-spirits, are in themselves quite cliched and disingenuous.
Everyone talks in the same sarcastic, pop culture-referencing, Gilmore Girls-style we've come to expect from these types of films over the last decade or so. People are shown doing outlandish things for the sake of the outlandish. As if stepping out on a balcony half naked (no bottoms) in the middle of a bustling water park is inherently funny. Not so. Not to mention, this exact type of coming-of-age dramedy has been done before ad nauseam (see The Kings of Summer or Adventureland). Why do it yet again?
Come to see Sam Rockwell and a couple of other notable faces ham it up. If that alone isn't enough for you, ignore this indie.
The story moves slowly, yet Rockwell is there enough to bring raw energy in his humorous, scene stealing performance. Carell has a supporting role and does enough for the audience to despise the overbearing and hypocritical boyfriend to Duncan's mom. If you're patient and enjoy charming story telling, 'The Way Way Back' will entertain and move you.