The Way, Way Back
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The movie is filled with hysterical performances by Alison Janney and Sam Rockwell, and it also has a very serious side as it examines the difficult family dynamic between the main characters. There are several secondary stories which tie nicely into the main story as well. The story is complemented by a great soundtrack, which has an eclectic mix of songs.
Overall, after seeing this movie, you might feel it is a bit formulaic and sappy, but it isn't. The combination of the very funny dialogue and the serious and heartwarming story of Duncan makes this movie a very fun one to watch. You will walk away satisfied, both from laughter and probably a few tears as well.
This one's well worth your time and whatever you spend to see it. And as if what I've written above isn't enough, I'm buying the DVD as well!
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great coming of age movie. Family friendly.....love love loved it!!!!! Cast is great. A lot of well known actors in movie.Published 6 days ago by HUMPHREY
Such a great movie. I love movies that aren't super popular or big hit movies but still great and that's this movie. Great cast. Funny yet it tugs on your heart stringsPublished 10 days ago by Keshia