The Way Way Back Movie Review


14 year-old Duncan (Liam James) is stuck going on family vacation with his mom Pam (Toni Collette), his mom’s boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and Trent’s daughter Steph (Zoe Levin).  While roamed around the town, Duncan finds his way to a local water park, where he and the park’s head manager Owen (Sam Rockwell) form a special bond.


When the movie started, I didn’t enjoy the first 15 minutes or so, because it seemed to have been moving rather slowly for my usual liking.  But as the movie progressed, the slowness that I felt became evident it represented the awkwardness that is being a 14 year-old who has some self-esteem issues.

What works well about the movie is that we get to see Duncan grow more comfortable in his skin, but he doesn’t do a complete 180.  If Duncan had become outspoken , it would have been very unbelievable.

Honestly, what works well about the movie is that it’s a relatable movie for anyone who has had a divorced parent date someone.  I wouldn’t want my mother to date Trent since he seems to have a bad grasp of how to be a supportive father.

And wouldn’t want to have a cool role model like Owen, and boss, like Owen?



The Way Way Back


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