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: July 5, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
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Critic Score: 84% 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

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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Leonard Maltin

Like many of the best films in this genre The Way, Way Back is rooted in truth: honest observations about family dynamics, adolescence, dependence and independence.

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Angie Errigo
Metro (UK)

What Faxon and Rash get right is snappy dialogue for [Sam] Rockwell, who aces this, and hilariously inappropriate monologues for Allison Janney, priceless as the blowsy, boozy next-door neighbour. Those two bag this an extra star.

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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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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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Britt Hayes

While it doesn't always stick the landing and the plot threads feel a little clumsily tied, The Way, Way Back succeeds where it counts with its big, sloppy heart.

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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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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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J. Olson

Carell convincingly plays against type, Rockwell turns in one of his finest performances to date, and the picture's younger cast members uniformly impress.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I like coming-of-age movies, and this is one of the better ones. Duncan comes out of his shell and stands up for himself after a summer at the beach. 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
Daniel Perry
Not without its moments, but uneven overall--too many characters to background in the early going. 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