“The Way, Way Back”

July 28th, 2013 at 10:52 am by under A Look at the Movies

Four-Star

Rated PG-13

1 hour 40 minutes

Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette

You know that a teenager coming of age can be such an awkward experience. Leave it to “The Way, Way Back”, a heartwarming, nostalgic comedy, to capture each of those highs and lows to perfection.

This sensitive film takes us back to the summer, way, way back, when the self-esteem challenged teenager painfully came of age.

Since mom Toni Collette’s boyfriend, Steve Carell couldn’t care less about Duncan’s crumbling self-confidence, the kid finds an unlikely Father figure in the wonderfully wacky Sam Rockwell at a summer resort water park.

The picture’s piled high with amusing moments and perceptive drama that repeatedly tugs at your heartstrings and the acting is a joy.

The exuberant Allison Janney makes the most of her typically loudmouth character. She gives a scene stealing performance as the world’s most obnoxious mom.

You can trust Becker. “The Way, Way Back” had much that’s memorable. I recommend that you don’t miss out on this wonderful comedy drama.

I can’t think of any movie out there right now that’s more deserving of four stars. Why? Because “The Way, Way Back” is simply spirit lifting.

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