The Way Way Back

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The Way Way Back
The Way, Way Back Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNat Faxon
Jim Rash
Produced byTom Rice
Kevin J. Walsh
Written byNat Faxon
Jim Rash
Starring
Music byRob Simonsen
CinematographyJohn Bailey
Editing byTatiana S. Riegel
StudioOddLot Entertainment
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21) (Sundance)
  • July 5, 2013 (2013-07-05) (United States, limited release)
Running time103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$5 million[2]
Box office$23,194,796[3]
 
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The Way Way Back
The Way, Way Back Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNat Faxon
Jim Rash
Produced byTom Rice
Kevin J. Walsh
Written byNat Faxon
Jim Rash
Starring
Music byRob Simonsen
CinematographyJohn Bailey
Editing byTatiana S. Riegel
StudioOddLot Entertainment
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21) (Sundance)
  • July 5, 2013 (2013-07-05) (United States, limited release)
Running time103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$5 million[2]
Box office$23,194,796[3]

The Way Way Back is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash in their directorial debut. The film stars Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, and Maya Rudolph, with Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, Faxon and Rash in supporting roles. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[4]

Plot[edit]

14-year-old Duncan reluctantly goes on summer vacation to a beach house in a small seaside town in Cape Cod with his mother Pam, her boyfriend Trent and Trent's daughter Steph. Trent exhibits behavior towards Duncan that borders on emotional abuse by often making comments and gestures that are belittling and rude towards him. They arrive at the beach house and are greeted by the neighbors, hard-drinking Betty, her children, Susanna and Peter, and married couple Kip and Joan. Later that evening, Duncan and Susanna have an awkward conversation from their adjacent porches.

Duncan discovers a pink, sparkly "girl's bike" in the garage of the beach house and begins exploring the town. He eventually runs into the staff of the local water park, Water Wizz, at a pizza joint. He has a brief interaction with the manager, Owen, while Owen is playing Pac-Man. Owen takes Duncan under his wing and shows him around the park. Duncan is introduced to the park's colorful, rag-tag group of employees: Caitlyn, Lewis, and Roddy. Several kids at the water park speak reverently of a legendary pass in the tube slide, wondering how it could have been done. Owen hires Duncan for odd jobs at the Water Wizz.

Outside of the park, Duncan is continually abandoned by his mother, Pam, who indulges in drinking, staying out at night, and smoking marijuana with other adult vacationers. At a Fourth of July cookout, Duncan witnesses Trent and Joan kissing by the side of the house, but does not reveal what he saw. Susanna sees that he is upset and invites him to go hunting for ghost crabs with her and Peter, where she talks about her absent father and helps Duncan to open up.

Pam begins to suspect Trent and Joan are having an affair, but is convinced by Trent that nothing is going on. Later, Duncan confronts Pam in front of friends and neighbors and tells her that he knows about Trent's affair. Trent in turn reveals to Duncan that the boy had to spend the summer at the beach house because his divorced father did not want to take care of him, which leads Duncan to run away. Susanna follows him and comforts Duncan out on the beach. Duncan attempts to kiss Susanna, but she moves away, which makes him become even more upset. Accompanied by Peter, Duncan sneaks away to Water Wizz where he sees that Owen is throwing a going away party for Lewis.

After spending all night with his friends at Water Wizz, Duncan is still at the park the next morning, refusing to leave. Owen confronts him and asks him why he doesn't want to go home. Duncan opens up to Owen about his relationship with Trent and how the water park is the only place where he is happy. Owen sympathizes with Duncan's problems, saying that he grew up with an emotionally abusive father, which led to his disdain for patterns and rules.

When Duncan arrives back at the beach house, Pam tells him they will be leaving with Trent. Betty and her kids arrive to say their goodbyes, Susanna finally kisses Duncan, admitting that she "was just surprised" when she avoided his kiss earlier. When Trent stops for gas on their way out of town, Duncan jumps out of the station wagon and runs to Water Wizz, followed by his mother, then Trent and Steph. Duncan tells Owen and the other employees that he has to leave and tells Owen to follow him. He takes Owen to the Devil's Peak slide, and Duncan becomes the first person to ever pass someone in the water slide while the rest of the park watches on. After finally introducing Owen to his mother, Duncan says goodbye to everyone at the park. Trent, Steph, Pam, and Duncan regroup in the car, and head out of town. Pam climbs into backseat of the car and they share a smile as Trent's protests are heard in the background.

Cast[edit]

Release and box office[edit]

The film had its premiere screening at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[4] The film became one of the most financially successful films to come out of the festival that year, outperforming well-known entries and Oscar-nominated films from the previous year.[5] It was released on July 5, 2013 in 19 theaters and surpassed box office expectations, averaging an impressive $30,263 per screen and grossed $525,000 total for the weekend.[6] On July 15, 2013, the film was added to an additional 60 theaters, and grossed $1,110,000.00. The film quickly more than doubled its modest budget of $5 million, and is considered a box office success.[7]

Reception[edit]

The Way Way Back received positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 86% based on 166 reviews from mainstream critics, with a weighted average of 7.3/10. The site's consensus stated "despite its familiar themes, The Way Way Back makes use of its talented cast, finely tuned script, and an abundance of charm to deliver a funny and satisfying coming-of-age story".[8] Metacritic assigns the film a weighted average rating of 68 out of 100 based on the reviews of 41 professional critics indicating "generally favorable reviews."[9]

Inkoo Kang of The Village Voice called, The Way Way Back "a crowd-pleasing summer treat, predictable in its sweetness but satisfying all the same."[10] BBC Radio 5 Live film critic Mark Kermode praised the performances of Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Maya Rudolph and similarly reasoned that whilst "it's not world changing, or earth shattering" the film is "really sweet and funny".[11] David Gritten of The Telegraph also praised the scene-stealing performances of Janney and Rockwell, concluding that despite a flood of similar coming-of-age films released in 2013 the film "feels warm, funny – and even fresh".[12] Catherine Shoard of The Guardian gave the film a positive review, concluding that "for all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip".[13] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times commended the film's quirky dialogue and cast performances, calling the film "witty, heartwarming, hopeful, sentimental, searing and relatable".[14]

By contrast The A.V. Club gave the film a C+, describing it as "generically constructed" and "never as refreshing as it’s constantly straining to be."[15]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "For The Time Being"- Edie Brickell/The Gaddabouts
  2. "Kyrie"- Mr. Mister
  3. "Out The Door"- Ben Kweller
  4. "Come and See"- Young Galaxy
  5. "Running Wild"- Army Navy
  6. "Young Blood"- UFO
  7. "Shine"- Wild Belle
  8. "New Sensation"- INXS
  9. "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley"- Robert Palmer
  10. "Young at Heart"- Rondo Brothers/ Tim Myers
  11. "Recess"- Eli "Paperboy" Reed
  12. "Power Hungry Animals"- The Apache Relay
  13. "Alone"- Trampled by Turtles
  14. "Go Where the Love Is"- Edie Brickell/ The Gaddabouts
  15. "The Way Way Back"- Rob Simonsen

Accolades[edit]

Awards
AwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[16]Best ComedyPending
Best Actor in a ComedySam RockwellPending
Best Young Actor/ActressLiam JamesPending
Online Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActorSam RockwellNominated
Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Actor in a Supporting RoleSam RockwellPending
Best Ensemble ActingPending
Breakthrough Performance on CameraLiam JamesPending
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - MaleLiam JamesPending
San Diego Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActorSam RockwellNominated
Best Ensemble PerformanceNominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics AssociationBest ComedyPending
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics AssociationBest Acting EnsembleNominated
Best Youth PerformanceLiam JamesNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE WAY WAY BACK (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ Chai, Barbara (3 July 2013). "The Water Park Behind ‘The Way, Way Back’". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Way Way Back (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13111/the_way_way_back
  5. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/how-have-those-sundance-pick-ups-performed-box-office-109211
  6. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/article/specialty-box-office-way-way-back-scores-strong-debut-midnight-tops-sunrise-and-sunset
  7. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/article/specialty-box-office-fruitvale-station-huge-in-limited-debut-way-way-back-expands-strong
  8. ^ "The Way, Way Back". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Way Way Back". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Way, Way Back Offers a Sugar High, but Not Much More", The Village Voice, July 3, 2013. Retrieved on July 12, 2013.
  11. ^ "Mark Kermode reviews The Way Way Back", Kermode And Mayo's Film Review. Retrieved on August 31, 2013.
  12. ^ "The Way, Way Back, review", The Telegraph. Retrieved on August 31, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Way, Way Back – review", The Guardian. Retrieved on August 31, 2013.
  14. ^ Betsy Sharkey (July 04, 2013). "Movie review: The Way, Way Back has a sweet side and a sting – review"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 02, 2013. 
  15. ^ Dowd, A.A., The Way, Way Back, A. V. Club, July 4, 2013, Retrieved 2013-12-23
  16. ^ "19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 

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