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The Way Way Back -- A hilarious comedy from the studio that brought you Little Miss Sunshine and Juno of a teen who finds an outlandish group of friends in a family vacation he¹ll never forget!
The Way Way Back -- Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
The Way Way Back -- Clip: There You Go
The Way Way Back -- Watch the creators of 'The Way Way Back,' Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, answer fan questions.
The Way Way Back -- Watch a TV spot for The Way, Way Back.


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Writers (WGA):
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Jim Rash (written by)
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We've All Been There.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Steve Carell ... Trent

Toni Collette ... Pam

Allison Janney ... Betty

AnnaSophia Robb ... Susanna

Sam Rockwell ... Owen

Maya Rudolph ... Caitlin

Liam James ... Duncan

Rob Corddry ... Kip

Amanda Peet ... Joan

River Alexander ... Peter

Zoe Levin ... Steph

Nat Faxon ... Roddy

Jim Rash ... Lewis

Adam Riegler ... Neil
Jeremy Weaver ... Jason

Robert Capron ... Kyle (as Robert Banfield Capron)
Rodney Lodge ... Malcolm

Devon Werden ... Laura

Ava Deluca-Verley ... Katy

Jake Picking ... Chad

Jeff Ryan ... Charlie (as Jeffrey Ryan)
Cjaiilon Andrade ... B-Boy Ferocious (as Snap Boogie)
Jennifer Viaud ... Beautiful Breakdancer
John Bard ... Breakdancing Kid
C. Xavier Drayton ... Breakdancing Kid
Tiley Strozewski ... Breakdancing Kid
Zach Weaver ... Breakdancing Kid

Andria Blackman ... Beautiful Woman

Aingea Venuto ... Sunbathing Girl (as Aingealica M. Venuto)
Emily Petta ... Teen's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Shea ... Waterpark Patron (as Danny Shea)

Aaron Dorsey ... Beach Party Guest (uncredited)
Jimmy Flynn ... Waterpark Guest (uncredited)

London Hall ... Waterpark Guest (uncredited)

Stacey Forbes Iwanicki ... Beach Party Guest (uncredited)
Jacqueline Levasseur ... Water Park Patron (uncredited)

Angelina Natale ... Waterpark Child (uncredited)

Stew Replogle ... Neighbor and party guest (uncredited)

Rob Rota ... 4th of July Stoner (uncredited)

Kathryn Shasha ... Beach Party Guest (uncredited)

Ashley Tramonte ... WaterPark Teen (uncredited)

Directed by
Nat Faxon 
Jim Rash 
Writing credits
Nat Faxon (written by) &
Jim Rash (written by)

Produced by
Nat Faxon .... executive producer
Ben Nearn .... executive producer
George Parra .... executive producer
Gigi Pritzker .... executive producer
Jim Rash .... executive producer
Tom Rice .... producer
Rebecca Rivo .... co-producer
Kevin J. Walsh .... producer
Original Music by
Rob Simonsen 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tatiana S. Riegel 
Casting by
Allison Jones 
Production Design by
Mark Ricker 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Woodward 
Set Decoration by
Rena DeAngelo 
Costume Design by
Michelle Matland 
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Brooke Baron .... key makeup artist
Voni Hinkle .... hair department head
Kat Percy .... key hair stylist (as Katherine 'Kat' Percy)
Sherryn Smith .... additional makeup artist
Jeanne Van Phue .... makeup department head
Rebecca Woodfork .... additional hair stylist
Raul Hernandez .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Heidi August .... production supervisor
J.M. Logan .... post-production supervisor
James Smith .... executive in charge of production: Oddlot
Colin Walsh .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alyssa Boffoli .... second second assistant director (as Alyssa Frankel)
Ramses Del Hierro Ericstam .... first assistant director (as Ramses Del Hierro)
Greta Methot .... second assistant director
Art Department
Shadya H. Ballug .... set dresser (as Shadya Ballug)
David Bennett .... scenic painter
Larin Brink .... assistant property master
Gary Chandler .... on-set dresser
Mimi Coleman .... art department coordinator (as Mimi Coleman Wilcox)
Alison-Eve Hammersley .... art department assistant (as Alison Hammersley)
Elizabeth Howland .... property assistant
Ryan McCoy Johnson .... assistant property master (as Ryan Johnson)
Jenny E. McCracken .... charge scenic (as Jeremy McCracken)
Laura C. McPherson .... Scenic artist
Janine Moore .... property master
Scott T. Pina .... construction coordinator (as Scott Pina)
Alys Vincent .... propmaker
Shann Whynot-Young .... leadman
Brian Hakala .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Larson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... sound recordist
Paul Aronoff .... adr mixer: Smart Post Sound
Darren Barnett .... foley mixer
Christopher Barrick .... adr recordist: Todd-AO (as Chris Barrick)
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer: Todd-AO
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Tim Haber .... sound utility
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Kevin S. Parker .... sound mixer (as Kevin Parker)
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound designer
Mark Shaw .... boom operator
Arno Stephanian .... foley assistant
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Kevin Zimmerman .... co-supervising sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Christopher Cleator .... adr recordist (uncredited)
P.J. Corvus .... audio technical support (uncredited)
Andrew Garrett Lange .... mix technician (uncredited)
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Ceri Thomas .... mix technician (uncredited)
Rabb Whitehead .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Christopher Walsh .... special effects supervisor
Lindsay Boffoli .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
John Ruggieri .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gerard Andal .... digital artist: Zero VFX
Kyle Andal .... digital artist: Zero VFX
Meg Bailey .... visual effects production coordinator: Zero VFX
Jeremy Brown .... digital artist: Zero VFX
Ross Daly .... digital artist: Zero VFX
Sean Devereaux .... visual effects supervisor: Zero VFX
Brian Drewes .... visual effects executive producer: Zero VFX
Angela Ellis .... data manager: Zero VFX
Jaime Fortuno-Lavin .... digital artist: Zero VFX
Robby Geis .... digital artist: Zero VFX
Leighana Ginther .... digital artist: Zero VFX
Paul Marini .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bullard .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Rob Bullard)
Katherine Castro .... second assistant camera: ""b" camera (as Kat Castro)
Steven Cueva .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Steve Cueva)
Kristian Cunningham .... lighting technician
Geoff Dann .... rigging gaffer
Joshua Dreyfus .... gaffer (as Josh Dreyfus)
Michael Dynice .... dolly grip
Mike Fitzgerald .... company grip
Claire Folger .... still photographer
David Larue .... key grip (as Dave Larue)
Mark Price .... key lamp operator
Steve Sherrick .... digital imaging technician
Benjamin Spek .... "a" camera and steadicam operator (as Ben Spek)
Bill Trautvetter .... camera operator: "b" camera
Christine Willard .... best boy grip
Fred Young .... best boy electric
Jozo Zovko .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
David Christopher .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Blair Dreyfus .... electrician (uncredited)
Dan Hutchinson .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Mark Killian .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Benjamin Tyler Knight .... electrician (uncredited)
John Larson .... grip (uncredited)
Brinton MacFarland .... production assistant (uncredited)
Branden James Maxham .... electrician (uncredited)
Brandon J. Meadows .... electrician (uncredited)
Gabe Munitz-Alessio .... electrician (uncredited)
Alexander Jay Nelson .... electrician (uncredited)
Melanie Patten .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Harry Pray IV .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Deborah Zometa .... set electric (uncredited)
Casting Department
Matt Bouldry .... casting associate: Massachusetts
Billy Dowd .... extras casting
Jennifer Euston .... casting: New York
Ben Harris .... casting associate: Los Angeles (as Benjamin Harris)
Michael Iemma .... extras casting assistant
Peter John Kousakis .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Emer O'Callaghan .... casting assistant: New York
Sarah Otteman .... extras casting assistant
Chris Petit .... extras casting assistant
Carolyn Pickman .... casting: Massachusetts
Christina Glickman .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Whitney H. Burke .... wardrobe production assistant (as Whitney Burke)
Alyson MacInnis .... set costumer
Margaret Palmer .... wardrobe supervisor
Hanna Shea Persson .... intern: to Ms Roth (as Hanna Persson)
Jonathan Schwartz .... assistant costume designer
Eliza Soros .... intern: to Ms Roth
Taryn Walsh .... key costumer (as Taryn Walsh Weaver)
Jillian Winfield .... wardrobe intern (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Daniel Boccoli .... first assistant editor (as Dan Boccoli)
Regan Copeland .... digital intermediate editor
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate producer
Mato .... color timer (as Mato Der Avanessian)
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
John Nicolard .... head of digital production
Bill Schultz .... digital film services
Kostas Theodosiou .... digital intermediate artist
Music Department
Isaac Carpenter .... musician: drums
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Brett Farkas .... musician: guitars
Jon Mooney .... music editor
Kyle Okaly .... score coordinator
Jonathan Palmer .... soundtrack executive
Pawel Sek .... score mixer
Pawel Sek .... score recordist
Rob Simonsen .... score mixer
Rob Simonsen .... score recordist
Erich Stratmann .... music editor
Christopher Wray .... musician: pedal steel and bass
Transportation Department
Kent Lanigan .... picture car coordinator
Jim Leone .... driver
Joseph Maloney .... driver
Bill Manson .... driver
Dan McCarthy .... driver
Daniel F. Redmond .... transportation coordinator (as Dan Redmond)
Stan Sicinski .... driver
Michael Simone .... driver (as Mike Simone)
Tony Soucier .... picture car coordinator
Harry St. Pierre .... driver
Other crew
Eric Altieri .... production assistant
Cindy Anderson .... first assistant: post accountant
Gregory Auerbach .... intern
Heidi August .... production accountant
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Kim Berner .... script supervisor
John Boreland .... marine coordinator
Julie Florendo Camesa .... accounting manager: Oddlot Entertainment
Andrew Carter .... assistant: Mr. Faxon and Mr. Rash
Allison Clayton .... executive assistant: Oddlot Entertainment
Brian Covalt .... title designer
Kendall Farley .... executive assistant: Oddlot Entertainment
Brittany N. Flynn .... intern (as Brittany Flynn)
Wes Ford .... assistant production coordinator
Ian Freedman .... intern
Jose Gallardo .... chef
Andrew Hillson .... intern
Ryan Hussey .... intern
Philip Joncas .... production coordinator
Tom Just .... coordinator legal affairs: Oddlott Entertainment
Steven M. Kalb .... production legal counsel
Kevin Keene .... intern
Colleen Kelly .... utility stand-in: female
Noreen Kelly .... representation: State Child Labor
Stacy Keppler .... creative executive: Oddlot Entertainment
Katie Kramer .... production assistant
Chelsea Krant .... assistant: Mr. Walsh and Mr. Parra
Ian Larson .... location assistant
Scott Levine .... unit publicist
Matthew Levy .... production assistant (as Matt Levy)
Bill Lischak .... chief operating officer: Oddlot Entertainment
Brinton MacFarland .... production assistant
Kyle MacPhee .... intern
Jessica Maher .... representation: SAG Business Signatory
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service (as Pat Mahoney)
David Levy Martin .... production coordinator (as David Martin)
Isaac Mason .... director of development: Sycamore Pictures
Tim Maxwell .... digital media
Matthew McCoubry .... key set production assistant (as Matt McCoubry)
Linda McDonough .... executive vice president production: Oddlot Entertainment
Aaron Michiel .... executive vice president business affairs: Oddlot Entertainment
Jan Mitchell .... production secretary
Heather Mount .... payroll accountant
Chris O'Donnell .... representation: I.A.T, S.E.
Caitlin Osgood .... first assistant accountant (as Caitlin F. Osgood)
Sabrina Parra .... production assistant
Natalya Petrosova .... vice president finance: Oddlot Entertainment
Skoty Rea .... intern (as Scott Rea)
Matthew Redmond .... intern (as Matt Redmond)
Emily Rice .... post accountant
Katie Rice .... intern
Kim Rideout .... production assistant
Sky Salem Robinson .... production assistant (as Sky Robinson)
Rebecca Sands .... production accountant assistant (as Becca Sands)
John Sansone .... set medic
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Chuck Slavin .... intern
Adam M. Stone .... product placement (as Adam Stone)
Cat Stone .... product placement
Sarahkate Sullivan .... location assistant
James Tevlin .... key set production assistant
Colin Walsh .... location manager
Andy Wells .... assistant: Mr. Nearn, Sycamore Pictures
John Whoriskey Jr. .... assistant location manager (as John Whoriskey)
Zoe Wilschinsky .... executive assistant: Oddlot Entertainment
Steve York .... intern
Cameron Arguelles .... video conversion (uncredited)
Alix Bannon .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Susan Boyajian .... adr voice (uncredited)
Bridget Briley .... script clearance (uncredited)
Christina Cook .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tanja Crouch .... post-production facilities manager (uncredited)
Shawn Fogarty .... stand-in (uncredited)
Victor Franko .... stand-in (uncredited)
Colleen Kelly .... stand in for toni colette/ female utility stand in (uncredited)
Colleen Kelly .... stand-in (uncredited)
Colleen Kelly .... stand in: Toni Collette (uncredited)
Michael D. Nes .... project manager: Deluxe Digital Cinema (uncredited)
Caitlin Ringness .... location scout: Michigan & Iowa (uncredited)
Gregory Seymore .... stand-in: Sam Rockwell (uncredited)
Gunnar Sizemore .... adr dialogue (uncredited)
Nicholas Ryan Smith .... production assistant (uncredited)
Amanda Sutton .... post-production payroll accountant (uncredited)
Alex Thiel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eoin Walsh .... location scout (uncredited)
Carsen Warner .... adr voice (uncredited)
Jennifer Anderson .... special thanks
Dawn Baillie .... special thanks
Jay Baker .... special thanks
Thomas Bezucha .... special thanks
John Campisi .... special thanks
Jay Chandrasekhar .... special thanks
Andrew Crouch .... special thanks (as Andy Crouch)
Brian Dobbins .... special thanks
Anna Feder .... special thanks
Alexis Garcia .... special thanks
Rick Genow .... special thanks
Gail Glaser .... special thanks
Carlos Goodman .... special thanks
Adam Harrington .... special thanks
Mark Harrington .... special thanks
Carrie Ann Inaba .... special thanks
Joseph Kelly .... special thanks (as Joseph P. Kelly)
Brian Kend .... special thanks
Laura Lewis .... special thanks
Jeff Morrone .... special thanks
Jen Roskind .... special thanks
Lorene Scafaria .... special thanks
Gregory Slewett .... special thanks (as Greg Slewett)
Shari Smiley .... thanks
Adam Somner .... special thanks
Ian Stone .... special thanks
Lisa Strout .... special thanks
Phil Tavares .... special thanks (as Captain Phil Tavares)
Denise Vaccaro .... special thanks
Gino Vaccaro .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Way, Way Back" - USA (closing credits title)
"Poolside Days" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material
103 min
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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: Microphone visible inside Owen's shirt when he and Duncan are on top of slide.See more »
Sunbathing Girl:I don't get her face.
Laura:Yeah, it's like she fell on it.
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References Footloose (1984)See more »
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147 out of 168 people found the following review useful.
Don't miss this one, 17 June 2013
Author: djp2000 from Philadelphia, PA

There are some movies which sound so simple that it's hard to convey to people just how good they are. The Way, Way Back is one of those movies. It's simply a coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy over the course of his summer break. There are no big action scenes or special effects here, just really good writing with actors who can bring such a realistic story to life.

The movie begins with the boy, Duncan, riding in a car with his family to his mother's boyfriend's beach house. As the mother sleeps in the passenger seat, the boyfriend asks Duncan to rate himself on a scale of 1 to 10. After replying with a 6, the boyfriend insists that he's just a 3. What's surprising is that this seemingly heartless guy that the mother is dating is played by Steve Carell. Carell is known for playing lovable and funny characters. But he switches it up with this role. That scene sets the tone for how little Duncan is looking forward to this summer trip. And it doesn't help that his mother doesn't really set her boyfriend straight even when she is awake.

To escape the annoyances at his new temporary home, Duncan takes a bike to ride around town with. When he finds a way into the local water park, he meets one of the middle-aged operators there named Owen. Duncan seems fascinated by Owen (played by Sam Rockwell) and how he uses humor in almost everything he says. It seems like he's never met anyone like him who's so worry-free and exudes such confidence all the time. (Sam Rockwell is perfect at playing this care-free kind of man-child.) Owen manages to get Duncan a job at the park where he tries to instill some of that same confidence in him as well. It becomes clear that as they bond with each other, Duncan wishes this would be the kind of guy his mother would date instead. The job at the water park also opens up a whole new fun side that this 14-year-old kid didn't even know he had in him.

If not for the occasional Google or iPad reference, this movie could easily have taken place in the 1980's. The setting as well as the way people dress and talk to each other is right out of an 80's film - is it a coincidence that all of the music played in the movie is from that era? There's a very natural and wholesome vibe to it, especially in the water park scenes - nothing looks too modern or high-tech; it's just a place where people go to have an old-fashioned good time. While Steve Carell may be the most popular name on the poster, the movie has a great cast altogether. Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine), in particular, does an amazing job as the mother torn between defending her son and trying to make things work with the arrogant boyfriend who doesn't always treat them right. But it's the scenes between Duncan and his new older friend Owen that are the heart of the movie. Sometimes it just takes the right person to bring out someone else's true colors and help them be comfortable in their own skin. And sometimes it takes the right movie to make you feel like a kid again. This one will have you yearning for the days when things were a little simpler.

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