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The Way Way Back (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 July 2013 (USA)
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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.




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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 napierslogs

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We've All Been There.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA)  »

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The Way Back  »

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Box Office


$4,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$552,788 (USA) (5 July 2013)


$21,501,098 (USA) (15 November 2013)

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Did You Know?


In the first scene Robert Capron is in on top of the water slide, Zachary Gordon, another actor from "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid", can be seen standing in line on the far right side. See more »


Even though the Buick Estate Wagon used in the film utilized a 455 hp gasoline powered V8, near the end of the film when Steve Carell's character is fueling up, he is shown pumping diesel fuel into the tank. See more »


Steph: [removing shirt to reveal bikini top; Duncan happens to look in her direction] Ew! What are you staring at, perv?
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.170 (2013) See more »


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Laughter & tears at a water park in Summer...
7 June 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the Sydney Film Festival last night and I absolutely loved it. It's heartfelt and very, very funny while remaining subtle and not overdoing either.

It's a story about a teenage boy trying to find a place where he belongs and how no-one's family is perfect. It's about the awkwardness and embarrassment of adolescence and finding friendship.

Sam Rockwell is hilarious in this and the young actor was really, really good too. It was also great to see Steve Carrell play against type. I hated him in this movie so he did a great job.

Go see this movie please! You will laugh and you may cry. I wish there were more movies like this with heart and humour instead of Transformers 47 & Fast & The Furious 95

This movie is not a 3 or a 6!

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