This week we're taking a look at what looks like a fun coming-of-age film. The Way, Way Back stars The Office's Steve Carell as a guy who is dating the film's young hero - a shy, awkward 14-year-old (Liam James) who starts to come out of his shell when he gets a summer job and meets a whole new group of people.
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Here is the official synopsis of the film from Fandango:
An awkward yet intelligent young boy begins to make his transition into adulthood over the course of one transformative summer in this bittersweet coming-of-age comedy-drama. Sensing that he's drifting away from his mother Pam during a summer vacation with her, her domineering boyfriend Trent, and Trent's daughter Steph, 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) gets a job at a water park, and gains some much-needed self confidence under the guidance of happy-go-lucky park employee Owen, who approaches life from a fresh new perspective. Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell co-star.
Check out the film's heartwarming preview below.
Here are a few highlights from the preview that got me excited to see the movie:
"I think you're a '3.
Just stare at the bridge of his nose, that's what I do."
Duncan's mom making him wear a life vest on the boat even though nobody else had to.
Duncan not getting the joke at all when Owen said he would have to leave the park. Yikes.
Duncan learning the art of having girls "hold" for the slide.
"You know I'm going to check all that stuff, right?"
"Well, in that case I didn't do any of it."
Duncan growing some attitude with the guys.
"My doctor said not to get water on my face!"
Duncan showing signs of fighting the cruelty of his mother's boyfriend.
The Way, Way Back promises some laughs as well as those heartwarming moments everyone expects from a film about a kid learning to stand up for himself. Plus, it's set at a beach house and a water park - which makes it the perfect summer flick to see on Fourth of July weekend.
TV fans have a lot to look forward to in this flick as well. The Office fans are sure to get a kick out of watching Steve Carell play a different kind of jerk and fans of The West Wing will enjoy watching Allison Janney as the wacky neighbor. Fans of The Carrie Diaries will have fun watching AnnaSophia Robb as Susanna.
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