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The Way, Way Back (2013)

The Way Way Back (original title)
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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Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Writers:

Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Adam Riegler ... Neil
Jeremy Weaver Jeremy Weaver ... Jason
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Storyline

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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Everybody has a summer that changes their life. See more »

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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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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell; and two Oscar nominees: Steve Carell and Toni Collette. See more »

Goofs

When Susannah (AnnaSophia Robb) closes the back door to the car after Duncan (Liam James) climbs in she pushes up from the bottom to close the door. A few minutes later when Duncan jumps out at the gas station the door opens sideways from the passenger side of the car. See more »

Quotes

[Steph watches Susanna kisses Duncan. Duncan finds a chance to pay Steph back for calling him perv]
Duncan: What are YOU staring at, perv?
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.170 (2013) See more »

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It's So Live
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Dee Theodore), Yusef Jackson, Michael Klein, Nick Wiz Loizides (as Nicholas Loizides) and Joseph Smart
Performed by The DeeKompressors (as The DeeKompressors)
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment, Inc.
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Earnest, Relateable and Endearing - We've All Been Here Before
5 November 2013 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

A sweet, funny, earnest coming-of-age dramedy that plays out like a period piece, even though it's set in the present day. Tempering a plucky spirit and subtle, pointed sense of humor with an introverted lead character and a familiar, bittersweet atmosphere, it's a spiritual successor to the John Hughes golden age of the mid-80s. Liam James is beautifully awkward as the quiet, brooding young teenager at the story's epicenter, aided by a thoroughly deep, entertaining supporting cast. No matter how minor, every character enjoys a purpose and a motivation, enriching the scenery and tickling the viewer's curiosity with a tangle of warm, colorful subplots. Steve Carell will get plenty of attention in his unexpected turn as the boy's self-centered douchebag stand-in father, but Sam Rockwell's deeper-than-he-seems burnout splash park manager is the real show stealer. A strong, heartfelt and meaningful return visit to adolescence for anyone who's ever felt out-of-place in their own skin.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Way Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$552,788, 7 July 2013

Gross USA:

$21,506,546

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,474,920
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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