“The Way Way Back” is one of the best feel good movies of the year

Coming of Age Comedy


June 30, 2013


Somewhere between Nerd-dom and Jock-hood lives a shy young man of 14 years. Duncan (Liam James) is struggling, trying to find his way and make sense of his life. Pam (Toni Collette), Duncan’s mom, is looking for companionship while trying to maintain her role as an effective single parent. Through Duncan’s eyes, parenting seems to have been put on the back burner while his mother tries to snag a new husband. Trent, Pams new flame ( wonderfully played by Steve Carell) is a man still not much more than a child himself at 40 something.

This story is a delight from beginning to end, even with the growing pains of life’s sobering drama in the mix. Here we see reflected in Duncan possibilities of what happens to children when the bottoms drop out of their lives. They feel unprotected or emotionally abandoned by their parent(s). This story shows us that in every case life will find a way to progress itself within each child. Some new teacher will step in and rescue –or destroy — the confused and struggling young soul.

In our dramedy the guru is Owen ( played by the wonderfully mischievous Sam Rockwell), accompanied by his team of merry imps at the magical Water Wizz water park. Finding the water park and the14-year-old girl living next door, the lovely Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb) may just turn the tide for young Duncan.

Writer- directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash complete our world with a cast of Ozian adults who prove, with great wit and humor, that adolescence is clearly not limited to struggling teens, and they have far too much fun showing us.

On a summer vacation to the cabin of his mom’s new bully of a boyfriend, our young hero may find that he is not alone. He may discover, in a world where everyone is trying to “get it right,” he in fact is not just a 3 (as he’s being told), but more like a 10. He may find that he is right where he’s supposed to be and, with luck, realize everything is very OK.

Liam James lives the part of Duncan. Steve Carell is deliciously evil as Trent, the bad-choice boyfriend. Toni Collette as Pam is, as always, the perfect touching single mom. Sam Rockwell as Owen, is the perfect Water Wizz water park wizard. The supporting cast, led by Allison Janney as Betty, Maya Rudolph as Caitlyn, AnnaSophia Robb as Susanna, and many talented new faces, turn in superlative performances. “The Way,Way Back” will keep you smiling ’til it hurts. Don’t miss this one. The Way, Way Back opens in theaters everywhere July5,2013

Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Writers: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Stars: Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Toni Collette, Liam james, Sam Rockwell Trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK7AS_cITKI

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