The Way, Way Back (Blu-ray + DigitalHD)
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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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What makes me give this movie an A+ above all else is the believability of each character. When I say Duncan is a socially awkward teenager, I’m not lying. He keeps to himself most of the time, he’s constantly frowning, he speaks with a blunt affect, and he can’t make conversation with cute girls without making them uncomfortable. Duncan sounds like a teenaged version of me in real life, so you’re damn right I’m rooting for him to find the love and friendship he needs.
Trent is the exact opposite of what a heroic character should be. He criticizes Duncan for every little thing, he cheats on Duncan’s mother while criticizing her as well, and pretty much has no redeemable qualities. TV Tropes dot org would refer to him as a Complete Monster, which is an annoying sociopath with no likeable traits. I used to have a step-father named Art and he was a living, breathing caricature of Trent. Naturally, I keep cheering for Trent to get flattened by a steamroller.
Owen, the water park owner who builds Duncan’s self-worth, is everything you could ever want in a role model (apart from the slacking off). He’s funny without being mean, he’s sarcastic, he’s charismatic, and whenever he’s not being goofy, his serious side is believable and warm. One of my favorite lines from Owen’s dialogue is when he sees Duncan sitting slouched over on a beach chair and jokingly says, “Excuse me, sir, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to leave. You’re having way too much fun and it’s making everyone uncomfortable.” Duncan actually tries to get up and leave before Owen says, “That wasn’t even my best material!”
The entire character roster of The Way Way Back is special in some way. Peter is a nerdy kid who has to wear an eye-patch because his eye stares too far to the right. Susanna is a cutie pie who tries to bring Duncan out of his shell with borderline romantic love. Even Pam (Duncan’s mother) has moments when we can root for her despite her passiveness toward Trent’s abusive ways.
The Way Way Back is a movie a lot of people can relate to. Okay, so not everybody gets to work at a water park with a charismatic charmer. There are times, however, when we feel out of place. We all have someone we consider to be our greatest critic and we all have someone who will pick us up if we seek out that person’s help. The movie reminds us that love is out there and its ours for the taking. It may be far away, it may be much closer. Either way, it’s there if you look for it. It doesn’t have to be a kissy-kissy kind of love. It could just be a casual friendship. Somebody out there likes you and somebody out there cares. That’s not just a myth perpetuated by cheesy romance movies. That’s god’s honest truth. A life without love of some kind is the true definition of loneliness. If you ever feel this way, don’t let any jerk call you a “three out of ten”. Rankings can never determine the true worth within us all.
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
This movie is told from the viewpoint of 14 year old Duncan who is taken on a family vacation for the summer with his mom's ("Pam"-Toni Collette) jerk of a boyfriend ("Trent"-Steve Carrell) and his daughter, who could not be more glum. On the car ride to the summer house, Trent tells Duncan that on a scale of 1 to 10, he thinks Duncan is a 3. That gives you an idea what kind of summer Duncan is in for, at least until he meets Sam Rockwell's "Owen" who is HILARIOUS and works at the local water park! Whoever wrote the dialogue for Owen also deserves an Academy Award (I can't believe I am saying things like this!!!). Duncan gets a job at the water park which changes his view of life over the course of the summer...for the better, thank goodness. The cast is amazing with Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet and more. I wasn't expecting this movie to be THIS GOOD. What a FUN surprise! I highly recommend it!!!
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