The Way, Way Back
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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 find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget.
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They arrive at the summer house of the boyfriend, and Duncan knows what he is up against in the snarky, mean boyfriend. He has rated Duncan a 3 out of 10, and expects Duncan to move up. Duncan, trying to avoid the boyfriend, rides off everyday on an old used bicycle, to the sumner water sports arena. He is befriended by Owen, a 30 something guy pretending he visit a teenager. Owen gives Duncan a job, and his life improves at work. At home, mom is still meek and mild, suspecting her boyfriend is cheating, but too afraid to say anything.
The next door boozed up lady, played by Alison Janney has a daughter who Duncan likes and they strike up a friendship. The summer moves on until trouble erupts between boyfriend and mom. Things left unsaid and emotions come to the fore, Boyfriend, Trent, is one of those men with no redeeming qualities, picking on others to make himself look good. Duncan, learns to be a man and comes out of his shell. A long miserable summer has turned into lessons on living.
Recommended. prisrob 12-08-13
But, after a podcast I respect recommended it, I gave it a whirl and I was pleasantly surprised. It was wonderful, smart, and funny.
The movie deals with the dynamics of divorce, self-esteem, and friendship.
A young, shy teen is dragged by his mother’s jerk of a boyfriend to his beach house for the summer, a situation that he doesn’t necessarily want to be a part of. And as a result the hermit-like kid crawls out of his shell in an attempt to escape an unwanted father figure (his mother’s boyfriend) and ends up at a nearby water park where he ultimately finds a true father figure.
There’s a lot of really great performances as well, Steve Carrel lends none of his typical tenderness to his portrayal of the boyfriend; Toni Collette (as the mother) really embodies the passive personality that she has passed down to her son; Allison Janney is wonderful as a party-happy, overbearing, but sweet neighbor, and co-director Jim Rash’s performance as a grumpy, lost-and-found attendant at the water park is pretty delightful.
It’s a great movie to watch on a cold night when you need to warm up your mood.
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I'm getting to be a Sam Rockwell fan.