Quick Reaction: The Way Way Back

By Dan Delgado

In case you weren’t aware, the best movie of the summer is in theaters right now.  Well, best movie I’ve seen at least.  There’s no explosions, action sequences or super heroes in it.  Just regular people in relatable scenes. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not some movie snob who doesn’t enjoy a good action sequence.  In fact, I’ve enjoyed more movies this summer than I think I’m supposed to.  It’s just The Way Way Back is that good.

Here we having a coming of age story in which a depressed 14-year-old named Duncan (Liam James) spends his summer at a beach house with his mom (Toni Collette), her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin).  It doesn’t help that boyfriend.  The problem for Duncan is that Trent is a jerk, all of the adults in this beach town act like horny teens and his would be step sister wants nothing to do with him.

Salvation comes in the form of a near by water park wear Duncan gets a job working for the manchild who runs it, Owen (Sam Rockwell).  Owen turns out to be the father figure he’s missing and things get complicated.

The movie is told entirely through Duncan’s view.  We are pretty much only seeing the other characters when he sees them.  It makes for interesting viewing.  Rockwell practically steals the show by playing a role that’s tailor-made him.

It should be noted that this touching, funny and sad movie is written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon.  In other words the dean from Community and Ben from Ben & Kate. This Rash & Faxon duo has already won an Oscar for writing The Descendants (another sad and funny movie about regular people in a sunny place).  Yeah, so again the dean from Community and Ben from Ben & Kate have Oscars.

Anyway, go see The Way Way Back.

EDIT:  Full review and discussion will be on the July 29th show.


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