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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

Jeffrey Ryan ... Charlie

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:

Danny Shea ... Waterpark Patron

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)
Stew Replogle ... Neighbor and party guest (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
Ramses Del Hierro Ericstam .... first assistant director (as Ramses Del Hierro)
Alyssa Frankel .... second second assistant director
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)
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)
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 Kousakis .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Peter John Kousakis)
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 Weaver .... 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)
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
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 Martin .... production coordinator
Isaac Mason .... director of development: Sycamore Pictures
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 P. Kelly .... special thanks
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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Also Known As:
"The Way, Way Back" - USA (closing credits title)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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While location scouting, Jim Rash would take pictures of beach houses that he felt would be good to film in. During filming, he discovered that one of the houses he photographed belonged to Steve Carell's in laws.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Microphone visible inside Owen's shirt when he and Duncan are on top of slide.See more »
[first lines]
Trent:Duncan! On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think you are?
Duncan:A 6!
Trent: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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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A thoughtful, very funny teen flick that adults enjoy even more., 29 August 2013
Author: TheSquiss

The Way Way Back is marketed as a thoughtful, funny teen flick but, though it is thoughtful, funny and co-stars a couple of teens, the younger audience members shuffled and whispered as if bored, while the belly laughs and satisfied smiles came almost entirely from the 'more mature' audience members. It's not that this is an adult film but so many references require a certain level of life experience or simply that the audience was 'there' at a particular time. Like the blank-faced children queuing for the water chute during the superb Holding out For a Hero scene, it makes little sense for those who never sang along to Bonnie Tyler but tickles the funny bones of almost everyone over the age of 35.

The Way Way Back is a gentle coming of age comedy about the world Duncan (Liam James) has been thrust into. His divorced mum, Pam (Toni Collette), has shacked up with Trent (Steve Carell), forcing Duncan to deal with the absence of his father, the domineering, judgmental disdain of Trent and the withering stares of Trent's bitchy daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Dragged off to Trent's summer vacation home, Duncan endures humiliation and misery until he meets Owen (Sam Rockwell), the manger of the Water Wizz water park, who approaches life in his own manner and sees in Duncan what he cannot find in himself. And then there's the girl next door, Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), and her mum, Betty (Allison Janney)…

It takes a while for The Way Way Back to really kick in. I knew I wanted to enjoy it, and nothing really prevented that from happening, but it felt half a beat off the pace. Then, about twenty minutes in, something sparked and the investment for the first quarter became worthwhile. Just as Duncan evolves into someone a little less awkward, a little more confident than the alien he feels himself to be in his world, so The Way Way Back develops into a heartwarming tale of angst, the reality of life and second chances. And it steps beyond 'quietly amusing' into 'very funny'.

The principal reasons The Way Way Back works are Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the partnership that won an Oscar for writing The Descendants and have earned themselves loyal fan bases individually as actors, Rash particularly as Dean Pelton in Community. While The Way Way Back doesn't quite have the edge of The Descendants, it is still a tender, thoughtful visitor that carries a hidden knife to jab into your ribs when required. For anyone who couldn't wait to leave home and adolescence far behind and found exciting possibilities in their summer jobs, this is a film with enough references to make you smile and belly laugh in solidarity and complete understanding.

At the centre of The Way Way Back is James' Duncan. It's not a star-making performance that tugs at us like, say, Paul Dano's Dwayne in the supreme Little Miss Sunshine (which also starred Carell and Collette) but his character development is steady rather than breathtaking and we buy into him. He's odd but we like him because of that. This is no 'ugly duckling turning beautiful' hogwash but a considered performance from an actor who has inhabited his on-screen persona completely.

Collette is on fairly safe territory here as the mixed-up mum who is holding it together and hoping for the best but papering over the cracks with tissue. As her boyfriend, however, Carell is on superb form. There are many expletives and mild obscenities one could use to describe Trent but Carell avoids the pitfalls of making him purely evil. Trent isn't so much cruel as quietly unpleasant. Perhaps he even believes he is genuinely helping when he asks Duncan, "On a scale of one to ten, what do you think you are?" before crushing the teenager with his own damning, contrary assessment of him. This is a Carell we are rarely allowed to see but I sincerely hope he extends his range and gives us the dark side more often.

Rockwell is at his best here. Forget the overcooked oddball of Seven Psychopaths, he is on sincere form as the man who has never quite left his own youth and understands what really matters more than any of the other adults around Duncan. Rockwell has proved to be a versatile actor (compare his turns in Welcome to Collinwood, The Green Mile and Matchstick Men for a start) who adds a quirky tangent to most films. His Owen is not simply played for laughs but with honesty and sincerity.

On the periphery are some solid and amusing supporting performances from the likes of Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet as the neighbours, Kip and Joan, and Janney as the lush next door, but scenes are stolen frequently by Rash as the camp, dour Lewis, an kiosk attendant with no customers and no escape. Brilliant! The Way Way Back is far from perfect but, after the initial lacklustre, I enjoyed it immensely and laughed aloud. If you heeded my advice and enjoyed last year's Safety Not Guaranteed, add this to your viewing list. It's not quite a gem but it's worth taking a chance on a movie that flies because of some very, very funny delivery of superbly written dialogue.

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