Most of the popular films of 2013 to date involve fast-paced action, science fiction or wild special effects, but The Way, Way Back impresses without any of these elements. This film involves real people, real lives, and real consequences in a feel-good, summer comedy. The Way, Way Back is a bright, emotional, and witty film that anyone who was ever an awkward teenager can relate to.
The Way, Way Back is simplicity at it’s best as it tells the coming-of-age story of a young, self-conscious teenager trying to find his way. When a shy 14-year old boy, Duncan (Liam James), goes on summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette), her boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and her boyfriend’s daughter, he has a tough time fitting in. One day, Duncan unexpectantly stumbles upon Water Wizz (water park), where he meets new friends and finds a summer job. Instantly relating to many a generation, this film becomes a blast from my past as it embodies similar teenage situations and summer vacations.
Although beginning a bit slow with a formulaic story, the performance of Liam James, the great ensemble cast, and the multiple heartwarming, funny, and memorable moments are more than enough to make this movie worth seeing. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud more times than you can count, with much attributed to Rockwell, Rudolph, Corddry, Rash, and James. Most films this year have been fairly long, which works differently in every movie, but I was sad to see this one come to an end. The Way, Way Back has just the right amount of pain and pleasure to show what’s at stake but also entertain audiences.
The Way, Way Back is not a must-see film for everyone, but definitely a great go-to summer flick. It’s the kind of film that just about anyone can relate to and is appropriate for all ages and families. This extremely relatable film deserved a round of applause at the close and could very well be an under-the-radar award winner. The Way, Way Back tells a delightful and charming tale of a socially inexperienced teenager who experiences the adventures of life, humor, self expression, and even a summer crush while on family summer vacation.
The Way, Way Back is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material. This film stars Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry, Allison Janney, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon and more. Running time is 1 hour and 43 minutes. 4 out of 5 stars.
By: Hayden Pittman
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