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The Way, Way Back

You know that feeling you get when you find treasure in a pile of trash? This is what I felt after watching The Way, Way Back. The only reason I saw this movie was, because I was able to get tickets to a private screening of the film…and it was one of the best decisions I have made this year. This indie film is the perfect “coming of age” story to this summer’s clash of action thrillers and over-the-top comedies.

At first, I had no idea who was in the movie or what it was about. I don’t see this as something that took away from the movie, though. Frankly, I am glad I was in the dark about it; otherwise I may not have seen it. The movie carries a good cast with stars like Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, Toni Collette, SNL’s Maya Rudolph and Sam Rockwell to name a few. And it was this cast that made the movie. Each character brought a sense of genuineness which was easy to identify. In addition, their dry sense of humor and wit made me laugh more than I had anticipated – more than Hangover 3 (which isn’t hard to do).

I’d rather not give away details of the story line, as I truly think it would ruin the value this movie brings to the screen. But in general, we follow the story of a 14 year-old teen (played by Liam James) who must break out of his shell and find his own way despite having to deal with his single mother and her live-in boyfriend (played by Steve Carell).


When I say that this movie is a diamond in the rough, I mean it literally. It will be “rough” for this movie to break through other over-advertised movies coming out this summer; but for those who take the time to see it, they’ll be happy they did. Personally, I can’t wait until this movie comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. It will be a definite purchase for me.

The Way Way Back
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    Natalie Person - 90%


When I say that this movie is a diamond in the rough, I mean it literally.

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