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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 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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Steve Carell shot his part in 10 days. See more »

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When Owen and Roddy are jokingly giving Duncan a hard time for flirting with Susanna, a girl wearing a purple bikini walks past them three times, going in the same direction each time. See more »

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[Duncan talks with Susanna. Owen and Roddy see him, and are impressed. Owen talkes via the PA system]
Owen: Please report to the Administrative Offices International. Duncan, please report to the Administrative Offices International. I have to announce it over the PA as my voice won't carry that far. My throat suffered major damage during an intense make-out session with Lewis' mom. She has a forked tongue and a touch of the herpes.
Lewis: [annoyed] I don't have a mom. I have two dads. In your face.
Owen: Hurry, ...
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Referenced in Showreel: Another One Bites the Dust (2013) See more »

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Written by Eli Husock, Ryan Spraker and Pat DiCenso
Performed by Eli 'Paperboy' Reed
Courtesy of Q-Dee Records
Under license from Hitcher Music
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Earnest, Relateable and Endearing - We've All Been Here Before
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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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