The Way, Way Back

The Way, Way Back

The Way, Way Back

Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell star in this coming-of-age comedy, written and directed by two of the Oscar-winning screenwriters of The Descendants. During a summer vacation in a Northeast beach town, introverted teen Duncan (Liam James) strikes up an unlikely friendship with the manager of Water Wizz water park (Rockwell). Meanwhile Duncan’s mother (Collette) alienates her son through her determined efforts to make things work with her carousing boyfriend (Carell), whose hollow attempts to build a family are immediately transparent to Duncan.

2013Rating: M, Coarse language96 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
95%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

An endearingly sweet coming-of-ager.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The young hero of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s summertime dramedy resembles nothing so much as a mollusk without a shell.

2.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Once again, the oppressed American teen-ager lopes and shuffles to center stage, there to display his woes.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Has the charm of timelessness but also more than a touch of triteness.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

When the credits roll, one is left thinking less of the fate of the characters than of the rollcall of Sundance offerings this film resembles.

2.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Faxon and Rash cut Duncan a clear, broad path to growth and perspective, but the audience can see where it's going long before it gets there.

0
The Age

The Age

press

Aside from Carell's limited turn at doing nasty, it all feels terribly familiar, in a half-baked, Little Miss Sunshine-lite sort of way.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Labors under the delusion that all filmmakers need to engineer a crowd-pleaser are a collection of tried-and-true conventions and a healthy dose of nostalgia.

0

Sam Rockwell is awesome at the best of times but this is such an incredible movie. Well cast, funny, sad. All round serious enjoyment.

5.0
0

If you've ever seen the movie Meatballs from 1979 with Bill Murray you'll recognize that this has a similar plotline (although without the hijinks). Sam Rockwell (as "Owen") plays the fast-talking Murray-type character who works at a water-park, who takes a shy adolescent boy under his wing. I did enjoy the movie; it held my interest all the way through...

0

Nice Summer boy grows up type movie..

4.0
0

A delightful coming-of-age tale about a 14-year-old boy going on holiday with his divorced mother and her obnoxious new boyfriend (Steve Carrell plays this part pretty well!). A genuinely pleasing and relaxing 100 minutes or so, and we all enjoyed it. Gentle humour throughout helps, though the movie does labour a bit at the beginning. Average 3.7 stars from...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An endearingly sweet coming-of-ager.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The young hero of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s summertime dramedy resembles nothing so much as a mollusk without a shell.

2.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Once again, the oppressed American teen-ager lopes and shuffles to center stage, there to display his woes.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Has the charm of timelessness but also more than a touch of triteness.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

When the credits roll, one is left thinking less of the fate of the characters than of the rollcall of Sundance offerings this film resembles.

2.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Faxon and Rash cut Duncan a clear, broad path to growth and perspective, but the audience can see where it's going long before it gets there.

0
The Age

The Age

press

Aside from Carell's limited turn at doing nasty, it all feels terribly familiar, in a half-baked, Little Miss Sunshine-lite sort of way.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Labors under the delusion that all filmmakers need to engineer a crowd-pleaser are a collection of tried-and-true conventions and a healthy dose of nostalgia.

0

Sam Rockwell is awesome at the best of times but this is such an incredible movie. Well cast, funny, sad. All round serious enjoyment.

5.0
0

If you've ever seen the movie Meatballs from 1979 with Bill Murray you'll recognize that this has a similar plotline (although without the hijinks). Sam Rockwell (as "Owen") plays the fast-talking Murray-type character who works at a water-park, who takes a shy adolescent boy under his wing. I did enjoy the movie; it held my interest all the way through...

0

Nice Summer boy grows up type movie..

4.0
0

A delightful coming-of-age tale about a 14-year-old boy going on holiday with his divorced mother and her obnoxious new boyfriend (Steve Carrell plays this part pretty well!). A genuinely pleasing and relaxing 100 minutes or so, and we all enjoyed it. Gentle humour throughout helps, though the movie does labour a bit at the beginning. Average 3.7 stars...

4.0
0