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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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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 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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Liam James & actress Amanda Peete starred in 2009's "2012" together. They played mother & son. See more »

Goofs

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

Joan: Carry a laser down the road that I must travel!
Kip: Why would it be 'carry a laser'?
Joan: Because it's a song about outer space.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.193 (2013) See more »

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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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Earnest, Relateable and Endearing - We've All Been Here Before
5 November 2013 | by drqshadow-60-379886See 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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