The Way Way Back
2013, 103 mins., co-directed and co-written by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.
Painfully shy and socially awkward 14-year old Duncan (Liam James, The Killing) and his mom (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) are invited to spend their summer vacation at her boyfriend’s beach house. This low budget coming of age story takes its title from the “wayback” seat where Duncan sits in the back of the 1970 Buick station wagon at the start of the film. This charming and humorous film features an excellent cast with Steve Carell (as the overbearing boyfriend), Alison Janney (The West Wing), and Amanda Peet and Rod Cordrry (Hot Tub Time Machine). Duncan runs into the manager of the local water park, Owen (Sam Rockwell, Iron Man 3), who takes him under his wing, and gives him a job at the park. Utterly miserable at the beach house and resentful of the philandering boyfriend, Duncan escapes each day to the water park and slowly breaks out of his shell. By the end of the film, both Duncan and Owen learn valuable life lessons. Look for the co-directors, Faxon and Rash, in small parts, playing park employees. A gem of a movie and highly recommended! See the record for The Way Way Back.
Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection. The opinions expressed are his alone.