Directed and Written by : Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
PG-13, 103 min, Comedy, Drama
THE WAY, WAY BACK has the wits, charm, and sparkle of a rare movie gem. It coruscates with that heartwarming character resplendent with laughter, sadness, and triumph all captured in that monumental coming-of-age story. At the end, one cannot resist saying “Hooty Hoo!” Watch this funny video interview, and definitely go, and see THE WAY, WAY BACK!
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The story is set in a summertime, but it is not as risqué as the “Summer of 42”. Rather, it is that of a young boy’s innocence ,with a subdued yet intense yearning for those hard-earned answers to life’s questions, at a tender age.
Liam James portrays the young 14-year-old Duncan. Along with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), and her overbearingly condescending boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carrell) , they set sight to a fun-filled summer. As they settle into their summerhouse, he meets their neighbors, led by the rambunctious and blatantly honest matriarch, Betty (Allyson Janney), her daughter Sussana ( AnnaSophia Rob), and her son Peter ( River Alexander)
He stumbles upon a water park, “Water Wizz”, and is offered a job by the “mayor” of the property, Owen (Sam Rockwell). He then starts getting acclimated to the park’s manager Caitlyn (Maya Rudolph), and its longtime employees, Roddy and Lewis (Nat Faxon and Jim Rash). Duncan and Owen have one thing in common. They are both searching for answers in life’s traversal, and THE WAY, WAY BACK can at least provide that to us with so much LOLs in the midst of twist and turns at the water park, both literally and figuratively.
The Academy Award winning duo, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for the film, “Descendants”, also co-wrote and co-directed this excellent movie. It has that burst of reality as Nat and Jim share their coming-of-age stories. It definitely had me in the beginning of the movie at “Hooty Hoo!”.
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