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The Way, Way Back (2013) Movie Information

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Nat Faxon, Jim Rash


AnnaSophia Robb
Steve Carell
Sam Rockwell
Amanda Peet
Toni Collette
Allison Janney





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A 14-year-old isn't looking forward to the summer, as he has to deal with his single-mom's new overbearning boyfriend, Trent. Although he has trouble finding his way, at a local run-down waterpark where he takes a job he finds a mentor in the laid-back manager. -- Chris Kavan

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frenchfreyteetor 04/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Steve Carell as a total jerk, was something different to watch, but over all a good movie worth taking the time to watch.

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Matthew Brady 10/19/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Unlikeable charachers and shallow plot. but the acting is really good but the movie is not very good but that's just me :) .

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04/07/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Duncan (Lian James) heisst der 14jährige Junge aus The Way Way Back. Manchmal denke ich, dass er eher wie ein alter Mann wirkt als die Hauptfigur einer Coming Of Age Komödie - so wie er sich bewegt und gibt! Duncan spricht kaum, schliesslich könnte es dumm oder "uncool" klingen. Oder noch schlimmer: Unreif! Ich habe schon viele Coming Of Age Filme gesehen, aber so ein peinlicher Typ ist mir dabei noch nie begegnet! Es fällt sogar schwer, Sympathie für die Figur zu entwickeln! The Way, Way Back handelt aber vom Sommer, der alles ändert: Duncan verreist mit seiner geschiedenen Mutter Pam (Toni Collette), ihrem neuen Freund Trent (Steve Carell) und dessen Tochter Steph (Zoe Levin) in ein Haus am Strand. Für Duncan ist das alles unangenehm, doch dann ergattert er seinen ersten richt...


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10/11/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The feel-good/feel-bad sensation

This kind of film makes my heart feel warm, because it's made by people, not directors for a change.
Don't get me wrong, professionals directed this movie, but I think they are whole-hearted people above all else, who know exactly what level of feel good and feel bad to bring to a movie.

It's scary how realistic and ambitious The Way Way Back is, and the emotion it carried on its performances on every actor's part, especially Sam Rockwell. Every scene with him was comedy gold.
The first half hour of it is set up with a lot of fluency, I liked how delicately the relationships were developed between Duncan and his mother and even more minor characters like AnnaSophia Robb's.

Steve Carell's character here is the kind of guy I like to call 'professional a*shole', because they can be a...

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07/29/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The Way Way Back

Its tonal shifts may not always gel smoothly in The Way Way Back, and it doesn't really bring anything new or groundbreaking to it's respective genre. With that said, with a cast including Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, and Steve Carrell, it's never once not fun to watch. Wonderfully acted by all, especially Steve Carrell in a very against type performance, and even more so, Sam Rockwell who gives yet another brilliant, charming, and hilarious performance. Ultimately it's a bittersweet and at times veryy moving film. More drama than comedy, but a solid little independent film. A mature and intelligent coming of age story told well and acted well. Nothing more, nothing less, take that as you will. A bittersweet and realistic film like this one, howe...

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07/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

'Way, Way' Great!

Some would argue that this movie is part of a predictable genre, and it's true that these types of films serve a knowing purpose, but 'The Way, Way Back' is a great exception. The writers manage to blend the right mix of comedy and drama, by making them originate from the characters and not the usual contrived situations. All of the actors use this to make each character a defined individual. Of course the standouts are the funny ones (Rockwell and Janney), but it's Liam James as Duncan, with his believable 'mopey teen opening up' act at the center of the movie, who generates the perfect emotions. It won't be hard for many to warm up to this film, as it is a completely enjoyable and satifying watch. Personally, I love 'The Way Way Back'. My want to see it has only strengthened with ...

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