We all remember the awkwardness of being fourteen. For Duncan (Liam James), just being fourteen isn’t bad enough, he also has to deal with his mum’s new boyfriend (Steve Carell) who thinks Duncan is a 3/10, and spending summer at a beach house where his mum (Toni Collette) abandons him to drink and get high with her new summer friends.
But there’s his next door neighbour for the summer, Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), who shows him that he’s not the only one with an imperfect life, and the employees at the water park he stumbles upon, including Owen (Sam Rockwell), who show him there’s more to life than watching the world spin by without you.
Written and Directed by Jim Rash (Dean Pelton on Community), The Way Way Back is a bittersweet tale of growing up and finding your way in the world. It was a perfect representation of real life; there were no cliched perfect endings or promises of overnight change. And yes, while we don’t all get an Owen to show us how to live, the overall premise of life getting better if you open up is a universal one.
The Way Way Back was one of those films that you just love because deep inside of all of us is a little Duncan.
I definitely recommend you go and see it, but be warned: there will be a lot of laughter, and if you’re anything like me, quite a few tears.
The Way Way Back is out now in Australian cinemas through Hopscotch Films.
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