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The Way Way Back
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Nov 14, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Actors:
Liam James
Steve Carrel
Toni Collette

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A shy teen (James) goes on a summer vacation with his mom (Collette) and her boyfriend (Carrel) and learns how to cope with his life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Growing up, you either love or hate family vacations. Teenager Duncan (Liam James) falls into the latter category. Whether he likes it or not, Duncan will saddle up with his mom, Pam (Toni Collette), her boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carrel), and Trents daughter, in a station wagon and head for the beach.

There, they meet up with booze-loving neighbor Betty (Allison Janney) and her daughter Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb) and son Peter (River Alexander). There is also Kip (Rob Corddry) and Joan (Amanda Peet), a couple in the area. Duncan will do all he can to stay away from every one of themexcept Susanna, who movie conventions say he has to crush on.

Through his dodging, Duncan comes across Water Wizz, a theme park managed by Owen (Sam Rockwell), a lazy wisecracker with a crappy car and no chance of reaching the second level on Pac-Man. And that is when summer really gets rolling.

The Way Way Back is one of the many coming-of-age movies centered on a shy and awkward teen who views himself as a six out of ten. This allows for a certain amount of moping and, of course, moments of revelation where the teen will acknowledge whats important, how to cope and why life doesnt have to be all that much of a drag.

Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who won Oscars, along with Alexander Payne, for their The Descendants screenplay), The Way Way Back premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where movies like this thrive and get picked up for distribution. For their first original script, Faxon and Rash have turned to a well-worn formula despite their supposed dislike for patterns (symbolically illustrated via Pac-Man), making the whole story feel far too familiarand certainly not for the nostalgic reasons theyre shooting for.

Another issue is that nearly every stereotypethe asshole near-stepdad, the sympathetic mom, the cool older dude, the cutie next door, the loudmouth lush, the cheating spouseis covered, and too few of the characters even feel like mildly fresh takes. Indie favorites like Collette and Janney try to add dimension, but come up short. The major saving grace is Sam Rockwell, who could make a recitation of a takeout menu sharp and hilariouswe might even have a harder time predicting the ending to that one.

THE EXTRAS
Behind the Scenes with the Hilarious Cast & Filmmakers (31:19): This collection of featurettes looks at the script, cast, directors, characters, production and Sundance release of The Way Way Back.

Theatrical Behind the Scenes is divided into three sections: Tour of the Water Park (3:22), The Filmmakers: Jim and Nat (3:16) and Ensemble Featurette (4:34).

Deleted Scenes (3:02): There are three here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: Catching Bob, The Morning After and Do You Wanna Get Wizzed?

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Nat Faxon and Jim Rashs directorial debut, The Way Way Back, is an indie dramedy that, despite its efforts to make the viewer nostalgic for their own teenage summers, is yet another formulaic take on the awkward/unhappy-teenager-finds-good-in-life subgenre. Special features include behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.
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4:15AM on 11/14/2013

Way too much hype.

The movie was by no means horrible. It was actually pretty good or better yet, fairly decent. But... you speaketh truth my friend. You speak truth...
The movie was by no means horrible. It was actually pretty good or better yet, fairly decent. But... you speaketh truth my friend. You speak truth...
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1:41AM on 11/14/2013
2/5 is a bit harsh in my book. I thought it was a pleasant enough movie. Had its moments, but nothing groundbreaking. Rockwell was great in the film
2/5 is a bit harsh in my book. I thought it was a pleasant enough movie. Had its moments, but nothing groundbreaking. Rockwell was great in the film
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1:04AM on 11/14/2013

I LOVE the movie and MAJORLY dislike your review!

This was the best feel-good movie I've ever seen and it had great humor.
This was the best feel-good movie I've ever seen and it had great humor.
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