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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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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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Taglines:

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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Bad weather forced the crew to shoot interior scenes first, which involved Nat Faxon and Jim Rash as performers, making their directorial debut in front of the camera, not behind it. 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

Betty: So, do you think you will? Pam?
Pam: Do I think I will what?
Betty: Talk to the Keegans.
Pam: Oh, I don't know. I don't even know them.
Betty: Do if you want to, but just know that I'm mad at them. I don't even want to get into why.
[turns to go, but immediately changes mind]
Betty: They called me a See-You-Next-Tuesday. To my face.
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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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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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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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