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The Way, Way Back (2013)

Steve Carell , Toni Collette , Nat Faxon , Jim Rash  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (774 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell
  • Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • Writers: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • Producers: Kevin J. Walsh, Tom Rice
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (774 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DL46ZN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dive into this "smart, imaginative, first-rate comedy" (Karen Durbin, ELLE) featuring an all-star comedic cast, including Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Amanda Peet! While 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) is being dragged on a family trip with his mom (Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Carell), he finds a gregarious friend (Rockwell) at a local water park. The two form a powerful bond as Duncan learns to swim through the challenges of life, love, family and friendship, resulting in a vacation he'll never forget.

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95 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of the best films of 2013 August 3, 2013
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Written and directed by the team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (winners of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants), The Way, Way Back is absolutely one of the best films of 2013 so far. And even saying that feels inadequate because it's such a fine film, a coming-of-age comedy/drama with a great script, fine performances by a superb cast, and directed with a flawless natural touch so that there's never a moment where things feel false or forced.

The Way, Way Back is seen from the point of view of Duncan (Liam James), the shy and awkward fourteen-year-old son of recently divorced Pam (Toni Collette), as they head out on a summer vacation with Pam's also-divorced boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent's teenaged daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). Riding in the back of Trent's station wagon, Duncan is visibly less than thrilled at the prospect. It's quickly apparent why in the opening scene when Trent engages Duncan in conversation while Pam and Steph are sleeping, asking Duncan to rate himself on a scale from one to ten. When Duncan shrugs and rates himself a middling "six", Trent immediately responds with a down-putting

"I think you're a three. You know why I think you're a three? Since I've been dating your mom, I don't see you putting yourself out there, bud. The good news is that there are going to be plenty of opportunities for you to take advantage of at my beach house this summer. It's a big summer for all of us really. So what do you say you try to get that score up huh? Aim a little higher than a three? You up for that, buddy?"

Which tells us everything we need to know about Trent and how he deals with people.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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The Way Way Back is a follow up to The Descendants for writer/director pair Nat Faxon and Jim Rash that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It is a coming of age film focused on an awkward teenager named Duncan (Liam Jones) who has been forced on a vacation with his mother and her new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell). The relationship between Duncan and Trent is uneasy to say the very least. The film opens with Trent telling Duncan that, on a scale of 1 to 10, Duncan is a 3. Duncan wishes he could be with his father, all while he continues to become more and more disgusted with his mother's choice in Trent. From their summer beach house he finds a bicycle and makes his way to Water Wizz, a local water park built during the 1980s, and run by Owen (Sam Rockwell) and his girlfriend Caitlyn (Maya Rudolph). At Water Wizz Duncan finds a place where he belongs as his family life continues to devolve back at the beach house.

When The Way, Way Back is centered on the story of a boy living in a divorced family and dealing with his mother's new boyfriend The Way, Way Back is a spot on, honest movie about a teenager growing up in a divided family. The material at Water Wizz is also enjoyable. The Way, Way Back does have weaknesses in deriving humor froma generic, disobedient teenage girl (Trent's daughter) and setting up a sort of romance between Duncan and the girl next store which is essentially the same romance you see in every other coming of age movie.

Occasionally hard to sit through due to the overwhelming awkwardness of the situations, one cannot penalize The Way Way Back for its accuracy. The moments watching 14 year old Duncan respond to his mother and Trent are incredibly genuine and do set the film apart.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great feel good movie August 28, 2013
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This was surprisingly a really good movie. We laughed and cried. My husband even liked it, though he didn't cry. One of the best movies I have seen all year and a welcome relief from all of the superhero/action flicks that we are bombarded with. Left the theater smiling.
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41 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... "Let's try and get that score up!" July 19, 2013
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I had seen the trailer for this movie a number of times in recent weeks at my local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati and couldn't wait to see this movie. The movie finally opened today, and I went to see it right away.

"The Way, Way Back" (2013 release; 103 min.) tells the story of 14 yr. old Duncan (played by newcomer Liam James) who, along with his mom Pam (played by Toni Collette), her boyfriend Trent (played by Steve Carell) and his 16 or 17 yr. old daughter Stephanie, are going to spend the summer at Trent's summer house on a beach somewhere in Massachusetts. Right as the movie opens, Trent and Duncan get into an already destined-to-be-a-classic exchange: Trent: "On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you see yourself?"; Duncan: "a 6"; Trent: "a 6? more like a 3... Let's try and get that score up this summer!". Duncan has a hard time fitting in with anyone but he does seem to be able to talk to Suzanna, the neighbor's daughter who's just a bit older than him. Duncan then strikes gold when he is able to get a job at the local water amusement park (called Water Wizz, which in fact does exist in real life under that name) and gets taken under the wings of the park's manager Owen (played by Sam Rockwell). It doesn't mean that all is well, though. But to tell you more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this is yet another coming-of-age movie in the last several month's, after "Mud" and "The Kings of Summer", yet this one clearly stands apart from the previous two, both in its bitter-sweet tone, and its depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Sam Rockwell role
This is my favorite Sam Rockwell role. He plays a bit of a bad boy, but really good friend to a teen boy and helps build confidence and make a bad summer a great one. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mary Koons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great picture!
Published 2 days ago by a satisfied customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it. Great actors and a really good story
Bought this movie after seeing it a few times on cable. Obviously, I like it. Great actors and a really good story, highly recommend!
Published 6 days ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!
Published 8 days ago by LolaK
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, funny and well written.
A funny and well written coming of age film with a fantastic cast. It's a great movie. Sam Rockwell steals every scene.
Published 10 days ago by Sean Mcnally
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, funny and endearing.
Published 10 days ago by Simone I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great summer movie about growing up and learning to have fun at work!
Published 11 days ago by Iv McLeland
4.0 out of 5 stars The Way Way Back is Where the Cool Kids Are
Great soundtrack and characters. Duncan is the grown up.
Published 12 days ago by AnnK
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Such a poignant movie. This is the first time a movie has truthfully portrayed a 14 year old. Simple, but packs a beautiful punch.
Published 13 days ago by mendel weintraub
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love this movie, super funny
Published 13 days ago by Jeffrey Cook
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