The Way Way Back

Oscar-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) make their directorial debut with The Way Way Back, a coming of age story about a young boy named Duncan. One summer, introverted teenager Duncan (Liam James) travels to a small beach town with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), along with her pushy boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and his daughter. Duncan eventually strikes up a friendship with Owen (Sam Rockwell), the manager of the Water Wizz park, and over the course of the summer, begins to find the confidence he’s lacked. The Way Way Back works in large part due to a deft blend of comedy and drama, coming from both Faxon and Rash’s script and the enormous talents of the cast, which also includes Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Corddry, Maya Rudolph and a scene-stealing turn from Allison Janney. As far as indie comedies go, this one’s a winner.

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