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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.

Directors:

Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Writers:

Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
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Cast

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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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 »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Way, 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,501,098, 15 November 2013
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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When Owen talks about entering Duncan's name on the leaderboard, Duncan mentions you can only enter three letters of a name per score. In reality, Pac-Man doesn't let you enter a name on a leaderboard, only saving the high score with no leaderboard either. See more »

Quotes

Caitlin: [angrily] What are you doing?
Owen: [laughing] What did I do? Having fun. It's all good. Nobody got hurt.
Caitlin: It's not all good! You can't do that. That is the reason that places like this get shut down.
Owen: [to teenager Malcolm] Is it me, or is she very sexy right now?
Malcolm: She's certainly got my attention.
Owen: Right... you're an impressive man. I want to be you when I grow up.
Caitlin: I'm so tired of this guy. Aren't you tired? Aren't you sick of yourself? I'm sick of it! I'm sick of who I am around you. I'm sick of having to...
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Shine
Written by Elliot Bergman and Natalie Bergman
Performed by Wild Belle
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Laughter & tears at a water park in Summer...
7 June 2013 | by UncleShizSee 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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