The Way, Way Back is an independent coming of age film. The film features a large cast including Steve Carell, Rob Corddry, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph & Liam James. The story follows Duncan (Liam James) who unwillingly is traveling to a boat house with his mom (Toni Collette) & her new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell). Upon arrival he remains grumpy & unhappy, while the adults & Trent,s daughter 7 friends enjoy themselves. Fortunately things begin to get better, when he meets Owen (Sam Rockwell) who works in a close by water-park. After forming a friendship with Owen, he begins working at the water park & gains an acceptance/friendship from staff & visitors alike. While there events take place, things begin to slowly fall apart between Trent & Duncan,s mom.
The strength behind the film is it’s told in a very believable way & all the characters could be people you know in your life. Duncan is unhappy for a large part of the first half of the film, this would be seen are depressing, yet as the story unfolds you see why he is unhappy. In the opening scene, we are introduced to Steve Carell,s character (Trent) has someone who is not the nicest of people. He asks Duncan how he ranks himself from 1-10, Duncan says a 6; Trent says he is a 3 lower his self-worth even more. When they arrive at the house, they meet the Trent,s neighbor (Allison Janney) who is a single mother with a drinking problem. Despite these characters not being very pleasant, they along with most others are easily relatable in some form in your own life. Sam Rockwell is the best part of the entire film, his character is very funny at times, yet a very real person. This film has similarities to last years The Perks of Being a Walflower, it portrays very believable events in an interesting matter. At times it does become a little slow & certain situations are never fully explained. Yet it has far more positives that negatives that stand out.
Overall The Way,Way Back is a very believable drama with great acting, funny moments & heart.