The Way Way Back – Movie Review
The Way Way Back
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Colette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Liam James
Directors/Writers: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Plot: Duncan (Liam James) is not a popular kid and it doesn’t look like the summer is going to offer anything better for him. His mother’s boyfriend has invited them to his beach house where Duncan is expected to improve his personality and physical appearance, and meet girls. But his would-be step-sister doesn’t want anything to do with him and his shy demeanor makes it difficult for him to meet anybody new. When Duncan wanders into the Water Wizz, the local water park, he meets adult employees who are just having fun. Owen (Sam Rockwell) lets Duncan work with him and their new-found bond will help each other mature and find their place in life. Which for Duncan means standing up to his would-be step-father, having a conversation with the girl next door and being more comfortable with who he is.
Review: There is nothing to dislike about this movie. This film tell the story about a 14 year old teenage boy (Duncan) trying to find a place where he belongs and how no-one’s family is perfect. It’s about the awkwardness and embarrassment of adolescence and finding friendship.
Steve Carell plays Trent, the arrogant boyfriend (of Pam) who thinks he has all the answers to everything. Pam, (Duncan’s mom – played by Toni Collette), is the insecure single mom trying to balance her own happiness with that of her son. AnnaSophia Robb plays the cute girl next door who sees some potential in Duncan, and Zoe Levin plays the role of Duncan’s self-righteous, self-serving step-sister (thank goodness we don’t see much of her character)
Sam Rockwell plays the role of Owen – The mentor with all the classic one-liners known to man (and then some), who owns the local water-park, (and knows nothing about the running of the water-park).
It does take a while for the story to develop, but in the end, this is one of the “feel good” movies of the year.
A true “coming of age” story that shows that even an awkward teenager can be a winner 🙂 I will not go into details of everything on this review, as you can watch and judge this for yourself. (Watch for the stand off scene between Trent and Owen).
Verdict: The Underdog Has His Day! 🙂
My Rating: 7 out of 10