The Way Way Back
Young Duncan is on holidays with his mother, his mother’s boyfriend, and the boyfriend’s teenage daughter. But he’s not happy – he’s 14, awkward, unsure about his mother’s relationship, and a bit lost overall.
He meets Owen, played by Rockwell, at the local water park. Owen gives Duncan a summer job, recognising a kid who needs to come out of his shell. He teaches Duncan that life isn’t always what you want it to be, you have to make your own happiness. The friendship they form is exactly what Duncan desperately needs.
This is a terrific coming of age film, and a film about all sorts of relationships. Maya Rudolph is a lovely actor, and she and Allison Janney provide a lot of the humour along with Rockwell.
The Way Way Back is definitely a film worth watching more than once. It rolls along at a great pace, has a range of interesting characters, makes you laugh, and makes you want to see what happens after it’s finished. Make sure you put it on your list.
Posted on 12/12/2013, in bromance rom coms, the whole rom com list, top rom coms and tagged Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb, Liam James, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Way Way Back.