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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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... 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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We've All Been There. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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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Trivia

In the first scene Robert Capron is in on top of the water slide, Zachary Gordon, another actor from "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid", can be seen standing in line on the far right side. See more »

Goofs

Even though the Buick Estate Wagon used in the film utilized a 455 hp gasoline powered V8, near the end of the film when Steve Carell's character is fueling up, he is shown pumping diesel fuel into the tank. See more »

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Sunbathing Girl: I don't get her face.
Laura: Yeah, it's like she fell on it.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #10.24 (2013) See more »

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Young Blood
Written by Pete Way and Phil Mogg
Performed by U.F.O. (as UFO)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Earnest, Relateable and Endearing - We've All Been Here Before
5 November 2013 | by See 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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