Posted on 7/06/13 05:27 AM
A summer coming-of-age story is not rare, but one that can make you laugh and cry this hard deserves a pat on the back. The Way, Way Back is the story of 14 year old Duncan finding a place in the world without really looking for it. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash create a heartwarming screenplay with enough of everything. It isn't trying to be hilarious. It isn't trying to be sappy. Steve Carrel plays the 'bad guy', which is very out of the ordinary. Carrel tends to play the lovable characters so I was nervous to see him in a role like this. But he really hit it out of the park on this one. You hate him so much in every scene, but in a way where you want to see more of him. Liam James and Annasophia Robb play the young characters and, although Robb has been in a lot of films, this will be a good thing for their adult acting careers. But who makes this movie? Sam Rockwell. He throws one-liners like crazy and is what makes this film work. It's clear that he's borrowing from Bill Murray from Meatballs, but he makes it his own. In all, The Way, Way Back is funny, poignant, and a great summer find.