The Way, Way Back

Release Date: July 5th, 2013

DVD Release Date: October 22nd, 2013

PG-13 |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Duncan (Liam James) is an awkward teen who must spend the summer at a beach house with his mother (Toni Collette), her boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent's obnoxious daughter. Trent can't resist badgering Duncan, so the youth steals away to a water park and gets a job that will help him stay off Trent's radar. As Duncan tends to the slides and pools of the aging park, he finds a father figure in wisecracking park manager Owen (Sam Rockwell) at a time when he desperately needs one.

Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry

Director: Nat Faxon , Jim Rash

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Odd Lot Entertainment, Doubleyou Inc., Sycamore Pictures

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Charming , Transformation , 2010s , Car , Growing up , Mother , Love , Friendship , Best friend ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Tirdad DerakhshaniPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    It's a joyous movie, the best one I've seen in a very long time. show more

  • 70
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer, putting refreshingly little emphasis on Duncan's romantic needs and allowing family melodrama to erupt and simmer down without pat resolution. show more

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