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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Trent
... Pam
... Betty
... Susanna
... Owen
... Caitlin
... Duncan
... Kip
... Joan
... Peter
... Steph
... Roddy
... Lewis
Adam Riegler ... Neil
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 »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material | See all certifications »

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$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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When Owen is giving Duncan a ride home he says, "I hate clowns. Kidding. Except for the part where I really do hate them." Sam Rockwell, who plays Owen, starred in Clownhouse (1989). He plays one of three young brothers that are terrorized by three escaped mental patients who are dressed as clowns. See more »

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Microphone visible inside Owen's shirt when he and Duncan are on top of slide. See more »

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Susanna: I'd avoid the clams if I were you. They're one of the many casualties of my father's absence.
Duncan: Oh.
[then puts a single clam on his plate]
Duncan: Just because your mom will see my plate.
Susanna: Well, it's your funeral.
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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, Nicholas Loizides and Joseph Smart
Performed by 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 See 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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