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The Way, Way Back


Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material.

PG-13 In Theaters 07/5/2013 , 103min.
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Critic score based on 41 reviews

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November 29, 2013
Awesome movie!
November 09, 2013
This may be one of my favorite movies of 2013. I watched it thinking my husband might not like it and then watched it again with him when he came home. All the charm of a classic 1980's film but now. The acting is great, the story is great and Sam Rockwell is amazing in it. A+ Film.
September 12, 2013
September 2013. Frankly there are not a lot of movies I am willing to pay to see in a theatre and thus with my choices quite limited I was very surprised to see this sleeper movie with my wife. The interaction of Duncan and Sam Rockwell's character are the main relationship in the movie. Very fresh story line with good delivery of one liners from Sam Rockwell. I would highly recommend seeing
September 04, 2013
The movie was awesome. It was fun. I was bewildered, in mild suspense, laughed, then cried a tear of joy. And the boy reminded me so much of me at that age. He got a few breaks I didnt get. And again I must say...the lady I bought my tickets from is so beautiful. She has changed her hair color.
September 02, 2013
Excellent acting, great fun, well worth seeing !

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

Time Out New York
Even by adolescence-is-hell standards, this poor sap is the embodiment of how ugly the so-called wonder years can be for some — a painful notion that’s as close as Faxon and Rash’s directorial debut comes to evoking an emotional response that hasn’t been sifted through dozens of nigh-identical films. Full Review
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
Co-writers/directors Faxon and Rast have created a little gem of a film. Without question, The Way Way Back is the best coming-of-age movie of the summer and should be seen by audiences of all ages. Full Review
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
Praises the electric carelessness of teenage angst while depicting it as if it were ultimately no more exciting, though no less pleasant, than an hour in the wave pool. Full Review
Cory Everett
The Playlist
Comedy is hard all on its own, but comedy that resonates is a rare thing indeed. So it’s admirable that Rash and Faxon are continuing to head down that path they started with “The Descendants,” even if this film isn’t quite as refined. Full Review
Ella Taylor
The Way, Way Back isn't exactly memorable, and strictly speaking it would do just fine on a small screen. But unlike the glib "The Descendants," which is also about, it's smart, funny and moving about human weakness. Full Review
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