Film festivals are a great way to check out little independent movies that might never see the light of day. However, "The Way, Way Back," which premiered at Sundance this past year, isn't one of those films. The Oscar-nominated screenwriting team Nat Faxon and Jim Rash ("The Descendants") make their directorial debut with this summery coming-of-age comedy.

The film follows Duncan (Liam James), who is forced to spend the summer at his mom's boyfriend's beach house. Pam (Toni Collette) is oblivious to how crappy Trent (Steve Carell) is to Duncan, with his constant put-downs and criticisms. But while the adults are acting like dummies, Duncan's got a budding romance with a pretty girl named Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb) and a new job at the pool park with some cool older guys, like Sam Rockwell's Owen. The rest of the cast is equally great: Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, and Allison Janney play wacky parents, and Maya Rudolph appears as one of the park employee's and Owen's paramour.

Folks who saw it at Sundance have been comparing it to "Little Miss Sunshine" or perhaps "Adventureland," the overlooked comedy by Greg Mottola, but this looks like it will stand on its own two feet. You can check out the new trailer above.

"The Way, Way Back" opens on July 5.
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The Way, Way Back
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