Written July 05, 2013
The Way, Way Back is a heartwarming tale of an awkward teenager coming to grips with his changing family dynamic while learning to have confidence in himself.
The story is excellent although it suffers from one contrived moment of stereotypically urban/ethnic kids dancing on a piece of cardboard. The circumstances of a 14 yo befriending an adult stranger is also a stretch in this day and age. I never thought I could hate Steve Carrell as a character, but he made it possible. Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell are hilarious.
Parents bringing kids/teenagers... be forewarned that there is some language as well as some (justifiable) back talking. Some might take the message of coloring outside the lines as promoting defiance.
If you're up for some chuckles and a story with actual depth, The Way, Way Back should be at the front of your movie going list.
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Written August 22, 2014
Was lucky enough to snag some screener tickets to this after seeing the preview and I'm glad I did. When most Summer movies are crammed full of explosions and overdone CGI, this is a classic Summer time throwback.
Sam Rockwell absolutely stole the show and nailed his character perfectly. Steve Carrell's character was outside of his typical comedic schtick and he nailed it -- everyone that went couldn't believe how much we hated his guts by the end of the movie. If you're in the mood for something different at the theaters, go give this one a watch.
Written July 24, 2014
This is a feel good movie...that's intellectually stimulating, contains great acting, has some really great humor, and sends you on your way with much to talk about. If it's dinner and a movie...do the movie first, and then the dinner. Lots of funny scenes to share with each other.
Written August 21, 2014
I enjoy movies like this a lot...movies about life that meander through a realistic yet comical lens with no clear destination. That said, I like for those movies to reveal something to me eventually and I don't believe this film accomplished that. Just enjoyable enough to make it worthwhile, but nothing more.
Written October 27, 2013
When I was a kid we called the third seat of the station wagon the way back. The back seat was the back, so the third was the way back, get it? I assumed this was the idea and the story would be about a summer vacation back in the day. However. The station wagon is out of place in this movie, which takes place in the present. That alone is kind of strange since only weirdos like me collect old station wagons. The story is still pretty nice and the water park (which actually exists) sequences are fun, but it's more like Adventureland than the Chevy Chase Vacation movies. There is great chemistry between the romantic leads (AnnaSophia Robb) and Maya Rudolph is nicely cast as the managers long suffering girlfriend.