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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Duncan (Liam James) is not a popular kid and it doesn't look like the summer is going to offer anything better for him. His mother's boyfriend has invited them to his beach house where Duncan is expected to improve his personality and physical appearance, and meet girls. But his would-be step-sister doesn't want anything to do with him and his shy demeanor makes it difficult for him to meet anybody new. When Duncan wanders into the Water Wizz, the local water park, he meets adult employees who are just having fun. Owen (Sam Rockwell) lets Duncan work with him and their new-found bond will help each other mature and find their place in life. Which for Duncan means standing up to his would-be step-father, having a conversation with the girl next door and being more comfortable with who he is. Written by
Bad weather forced the crew to shoot interior scenes first, which involved Nat Faxon and Jim Rash as performers, making their directorial debut in front of the camera, not behind it. See more »
When Owen and Roddy are jokingly giving Duncan a hard time for flirting with Susanna, a girl wearing a purple bikini walks past them three times, going in the same direction each time. See more »
Duncan! On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think you are?
I think you're a 3! Since I've been dating your mom, I don't see you putting yourself out there bud! You could try getting that score up at my beach house this summer!
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I can relate to the kid in this story.I think I must've set a record for low self esteem in my youth.The Duncan character from this film probably would have looked pretty good next to me.I wish I could have had a summer like Duncan did.I liked this film because it spoke to the kid I used to be.I only wish it had been made 30 years ago.Steve Carell plays a not so nice guy in very impressive fashion,but I was even more impressed with Sam Rockwell,who was perfect as the water park manager.The real star though is Liam James as Duncan.Thank you,Liam for channeling that shy,reclusive,kid I used to be and making him smile.I had a blast.
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