The Way, Way Back

Rated PG-13 103 minutes 2013

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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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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