The Way Way Back
The Way Way Back (2013)

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 22, 2013
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

The film has been complacently concocted for likability even as it gives you very little that's real, structured, or spontaneous enough to enjoy.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

An unexpected yet irresistible cross between Meatballs and The Ice Storm, The Way Way Back just may be the best movie of the summer.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

An astoundingly sweet, lovable, immensely enjoyable little film that hits all the right notes as you're watching it thanks to its excellent cast.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Nice comedic work from Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney buoys this pleasant but routine coming-of-age drama by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The coming-of-age tale The Way, Way Back is sweet, heartfelt and utterly trite and predictable from beginning to end.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The story has some of the lighthearted fun a boy should have working for a fun-loving boss and enjoying the company of a hot girlfriend, but he should be having a lot more fun than this.

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Anna Smith
Time Out

This film's masterstroke is showing everything from Duncan's point of view, without the traditional cloying narration.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aiming for a middle path between drama and comedy, "The Way Way Back" is so overloaded with jokes that it could sink in the water hazard, but on the final scorecard, sure enough, it's in the hole.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

This coming-of-age comedy/drama rings emotionally false during many of its jacked-up, stacked-deck emotional confrontations and mistakes obnoxiousness for personality in almost every adult character.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Not without its moments, but uneven overall--too many characters to background in the early going, and as a result the movie kind of wanders for the first 20-30… More
Kase Vollebregt
A warm and poignant film about adolescence and the pains of growing, offered through an insightful glass. With most credit going to the superb Sam Rockwell, The… More
Matt Goodman
Didn't expect a movie where Steve Carell plays the asshole
Spencer S.
The comedy team of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon must keep making movies together, because they are amazing. Previously heralded for their screenwriting on "The… More
Dan Schultz
A likeable enough coming of age story concerning an insecure, troubled teenager (Liam James) who is forced to go to his mother's boyfriend's (Steve… More
Alex roy
The Way Way Back is a fun, entertaining dramedy with a great cast. The story is quite simple, yet the film pulls off something great by the fact that it boasts… More