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The Way Way Back

Movie
2013
1h 43m
PG-13
English
Comedy, Drama
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7.8
Critic Score: 
76
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Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.
The Way Way Back Poster

The Way Way Back

PG-13
Movie
2013
1h 43m
English
Comedy, Drama
Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.
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The Way Way Back (2013) on IMDb
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Steve Carell
Trent Ramsey
AnnaSophia Robb
Susanna Thompson
Allison Janney
Betty Thompson
River Alexander
Peter Thompson
Jeff Ryan
Charlie
Andria Blackman
Beautiful Woman
Aingea Venuto
Sunbathing Girl
Emily Petta
Teen's Mother
Carsen Warner
adr voice (uncredited)
Directed By: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Written By: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

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NinaX-deleted-1557529047 says...
8 years ago
Stunning! Honest, simple, poignant. And Owen Wilson! Very valuable, but without pushing applications to the throat. Wonderfully subtle.
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joshvaughn777 says...
9 years ago
I really enjoyed this movie. Left me smiling at the end... That is always a good sign.
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drqshadow says...
3 years ago
A sweet, funny, earnest coming-of-age dramedy that plays out like a period piece, even though it's set in the present day. Tempering a plucky spirit and subtle, pointed sense of humor with an introverted lead character and a familiar, bittersweet atmosphere, it's a spiritual successor to the John Hughes golden age of the mid-80s. Liam James is beautifully awkward as the quiet, brooding young teenager at the story's epicenter, aided by a thoroughly deep, entertaining supporting cast. No matter how minor, every character enjoys a purpose and a motivation, enriching the scenery and tickling the viewer's curiosity with a tangle of warm, colorful subplots. Steve Carell will get plenty of attention in his unexpected turn as the boy's self-centered douchebag stand-in father, but Sam Rockwell's deeper-than-he-seems burnout splash park manager is the real show stealer. A strong, heartfelt and meaningful return visit to adolescence for anyone who's ever felt out-of-place in their own skin.
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meri-dian says...
6 years ago
@ninax I didn't see Owen Wilson in this movie...
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AndrewBloom
CONTAINS SPOILERS8/10  2 years ago
[8.4/10] There are two competing brands of masculinity in *The Way, Way Back*. There is Trent’s brand, which is confrontational, full of false bravado, and above all disingenuous. It’s built on knocking other people down, pumping yourself up, and refusing to accept responsibility for even your m More
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Wuchak
one year ago
_**A boy coming-of-age near Cape Cod and more**_

A 14 year-old boy (Liam James) struggles to fit-in with the family & friends of his mother’s new beau (Steve Carell) as they partake of a vacation at his beach house in the Cape Cod area. The teen finds a quasi-mentor (Sam Rockwell) at a water More
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