Rated PG-13 · 103 minutes · 2013

Comedy drama
By no means is The Way Way Back a bad movie. It’s not terribly original, and beyond that, it’s not very distinctive, but it’s OK. However, it may be the worst kind of OK: Some of this stuff is really, really good … and that means, on balance, some is not very good at all. We’ll focus on the good and highly recommend Allison Janney’s performance (at least the first two scenes of it, before she faded into the shrubbery) and everything Sam Rockwell does here. But this beach-bound coming-of-age story is very familiar and it’s not presented in an engaging way. The boy coming of age (Liam James) is probably too introverted to get hold of. And neither of the other principals, Toni Collette and Steve Carell (as great as Rockwell is here, he’s firmly a supporting player), adds enough to the entrée.

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Official Site: www.waywaybackmovie.com
Director: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Producer: Kevin Walsh, Tom Rice, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Ben Nearn, Gigi Pritzker and George Parra
Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, River Alexander, Zoe Levin, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Adam Riegler



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Memphis Flyer Grown Ups, Too The Way Way Back is a prickly, perfect coming-of-age comedy. by Greg Akers 07/18/2013
Colorado Springs Independent The Way, Way Back strikes nostalgic, if not dated, chords The title itself might well be the movie's subtlest touch. The rest is comfortably obvious. by Jonathan Kiefer 07/24/2013
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Style Weekly Movie Review: "The Way Way Back" This coming-of-age story is inhibited by its teenage actor. by Nicholas Emme 07/23/2013
Boise Weekly Way, Way Better Than Most Films Now playing at The Flicks by George Prentice 07/24/2013
The Coast Halifax The Way Way Back Low-stakes talkie doesn't come through by Tara Thorne 08/01/2013
Charleston City Paper The Way, Way Back's young star comes of age at a water park The Way, Way Back is the kind of summer comedy that throws enough curve balls at you to make what's old new again. A tad dark around the edges and sophomoric in the middle, it's a sweetly affecting coming-of-age drama with flourishes of Wes Anderson and even the Farrelly Brothers. by Tom Meek 07/10/2013

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