The Way Way Back

Published December 28, 2013

The Way Way Back

Film info

  • Title The Way Way Back
  • Directors Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • Year 2013
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline We've all been there

Dive into this hilarious comedy from the studio that brought you Little Miss Sunshine and Juno! While 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) is being dragged on a family trip with his mom (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell), he befriends the gregarious manager (Sam Rockwell) of a local water park. The two form a powerful bond, resulting in a vacation Duncan will never forget!

Background info

Title: The Way Way Back Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Year: 2013 Run time: 1hr 43m

Live blog

1:57 – I don’t think I’d like to rate myself out of ten. Probably somewhere in the minuses. 7:01 – This neighbour is absolutely exhausting. 8:08 – See you next Tuesday. Genius. 13:20 – I quite like a pastime of lying on a car and singing. 21:01 – She really IS the worst parent! 23:09 – How can you not have got past the first level of Pacman? Even I’ve done that. 24:34 – “Yes, we’re inviting ourselves, accept it and move on.” 30:32 – Pacman kid may not be the nickname you want to get stuck with. 37:07 – He’s awesome. 41:26 – “We’ve got to start having faster conversations.” 50:40 – I can’t decide if working at a water park is a good or bad job. 57:16 – You’ve got to know the crowd. Those kids won’t know Holdin’ Out for a Hero. 1:01:25 – Guy is not a fan of fudging the rules! He’s such a Monica! 1:03:33 – It’s not fair if your stalker has a better bike than you. 1:06:48 – “In other news, this is very awkward for you.” 1:15:38 – I don’t like Steve Carell being the bad guy. 1:23:16 – “Don’t settle. Not yet.” 1:28:38 – Loving the music in this. 1:35:40 – They appear to have saved all the lens flare for the credit text!


I hadn’t heard of this film before it appeared as a rental, but a quick view of the trailer made it seem like one of those off-beat ones that is probably good for a viewing. There were a few laughs in the preview, so after the horror of Elysium, we wanted something a bit more… human.

Such a great film. Heart-warming but not in a slushy way, and with some really brilliant, if not-too-realistic characters. The dialogue was smart and snappy, and Sam Rockwell was just fabulous. Apparently we saw him in Seven Psychopaths, but I didn’t even realise that. Here, he definitely turned my head. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 / 5

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