Way Way Back

Way Way Back

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Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Cast: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Steve Carell, Toni Collette

     
 

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An awkward yet intelligent young boy begins to make his transition into adulthood over the course of one transformative summer in this bittersweet coming-of-age comedy-drama. Sensing that he's drifting away from his mother Pam during a summer vacation with her, her domineering boyfriend Trent, and Trent's daughter Steph, 14-year-old Duncan (See more details below

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Overview

An awkward yet intelligent young boy begins to make his transition into adulthood over the course of one transformative summer in this bittersweet coming-of-age comedy-drama. Sensing that he's drifting away from his mother Pam during a summer vacation with her, her domineering boyfriend Trent, and Trent's daughter Steph, 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) gets a job at a water park, and gains some much-needed self confidence under the guidance of happy-go-lucky park employee Owen, who approaches life from a fresh new perspective. Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash earned Oscars (along with Alexander Payne) for adapting the novel The Descendants. The duo's directorial debut, the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Way, Way Back, is an original, but it feels like it's based on a very good young-adult novel. The movie stars Liam James as Duncan, a withdrawn 14-year-old forced to visit the summer beach house belonging to Trent (Steve Carell), the current boyfriend of his recently divorced mother Pam (Toni Collette). Trent and Duncan don't get along at all, so the teen explores the seaside town he's stuck in and discovers a water park run by Owen (Sam Rockwell), a charming, roguish dude who approaches life with all the seriousness of a class clown. As the summer goes on, Duncan learns a secret about Trent, falls in love with his new neighbor Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), and gets a chance to build some self-worth thanks to Owen's paternal interest in him. As screenwriters, Faxon and Rash have crafted a predictable but solid story: There are few surprises, as well as too many scenes in which Duncan conveniently overhears other people's conversations. However, as directors, they've cast the film to perfection and let their talented actors find the truth in scenes that may lack originality but not likability. Carell plays against type engagingly, Allison Janney lets it all hang out as Trent's booze-swilling neighbor, Maya Rudolph has a couple of key scenes as Owen's long-suffering significant other, and AnnaSophia Robb adroitly plays a dream girl without making her seem unattainable or unreal. However, in a cast overloaded with charismatic performers, Sam Rockwell, an actor who isn't nearly as well-known as he deserves to be, walks off with the whole movie. Owen is a dream role model for any frustrated and scared young teen. From his ease with one-liners to his resounding disinterest in authority and supercool job, he's the kind of motormouthed man-child that Rockwell was born to play. What sets Owen apart from most of Rockwell's other roles is that he's also a ceaselessly warm and caring guy. Owen is to The Way, Way Back what Fonzie was to Happy Days or Kurt is to Glee -- a breakout character who gives every scene he's in, and even some of the ones he's not, a welcome blast of unexpected energy, and Rockwell is magnetically charming throughout. Released in the midst of the annual summer-blockbuster season, The Way, Way Back swims against the tide. It's an endearingly modest small-scale film that lets its actors shine, portends a promising career for Nat Faxon and Jim Rash as directors, and will hopefully get Sam Rockwell the awards buzz he's richly deserved for years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2013
UPC:
0024543889250
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
13,442

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes featurettes: Tour of the water park; The filmmakers: Jim and Nat; Ensemble featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Carell Trent
Toni Collette Pam
Liam James Duncan
Sam Rockwell Owen
Zoe Levin Steph
Allison Janney Betty
Maya Rudolph Caitlyn
Amanda Peet Joan
AnnaSophia Robb Susanna
Rob Corddry Kip

Technical Credits
Nat Faxon Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jim Rash Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
John Bailey Cinematographer
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
Allison Jones Casting
Michelle Maitland Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Nearn Executive Producer
George Parra Executive Producer
Gigi Pritzker Executive Producer
Mark Ricker Production Designer
Tatiana S. Riegel Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Rob Simonsen Score Composer
Tom Rice Producer
Kevin Walsh Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Way, Way Back
1. Scene 1 [3:38]
2. Scene 2 [1:12]
3. Scene 3 [5:05]
4. Scene 4 [2:54]
5. Scene 5 [2:55]
6. Scene 6 [2:05]
7. Scene 7 [:17]
8. Scene 8 [2:00]
9. Scene 9 [3:45]
10. Scene 10 [3:54]
11. Scene 11 [3:22]
12. Scene 12 [2:47]
13. Scene 13 [2:04]
14. Scene 14 [2:32]
15. Scene 15 [1:55]
16. Scene 16 [3:08]
17. Scene 17 [4:12]
18. Scene 18 [1:37]
19. Scene 19 [3:46]
20. Scene 20 [2:13]
21. Scene 21 [3:48]
22. Scene 22 [3:23]
23. Scene 23 [:18]
24. Scene 24 [4:33]
25. Scene 25 [3:12]
26. Scene 26 [2:49]
27. Scene 27 [2:25]
28. Scene 28 [2:57]
29. Scene 29 [1:58]
30. Scene 30 [3:35]
31. Scene 31 [3:13]
32. Scene 32 [1:42]

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