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The Way, Way Back

ages 14+ | 92% Say It's Worth Your Time

Duncan (Liam James) is an awkward teen who must spend the summer at a beach house with his mother (Toni Collette), her boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent's obnoxious daughter. Trent can't resist badgering Duncan, so the youth steals away to a water park and gets a job that will help him stay off Trent's radar. As Duncan tends to the slides and pools of the aging park, he finds a father figure in wisecracking park manager Owen (Sam Rockwell) at a time when he desperately needs one.


Runtime: 1 hr 43 min

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Rated PG-13 Language|Brief Drug Material|Some Sexual Content|Thematic Elements

  • 5 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 2 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 5 of 10 Profanity

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  • jeremymacey (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I caught a screening of the film and must say, it was extremely thought provoking, largely because I felt a connection to Duncan. The cast performances are well done and I walked out pleasantly inspired. It certainly made me think about those that have been mentors to me and helped me become who I am. There is some profanity scattered throughout, and various scenes of alcohol use. There is also one scene of implied drug use. In my opinion, I think the film is targeted for an older audience, though the content suggests it is safe for anyone over 12.

    July 3rd, 2013 · Details
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  • jcubri (Male)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was compelling to say the least. It was somewhat of an emotional roller coaster. I loved the overall message of the movie in how the simple friendly gestures of one person can completely bring out the potential in another. Great film. A little too much casual swearing, but overall it was a great film.

    December 30th, 2013 · Details
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  • jedipadmaster (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    They don't make movies this well anymore. It's an 80s movie trapped in the 21st Century. Duncan must spend the summer on the beach with his mom, her new boy friend, and his turd of a daughter. Steve Carrell plays Trent, the boy friend, who starts the story by telling Duncan he is a 3 on a scale of 10. The only way Duncan survives the summer is thanks to a job at a local water park. He meets Owen (who channels his best Caddyshack Chevy Chase). Owen helps Duncan come into his own and figure things out. It's a deep movie but fun all the same. SO WORTH a rental from the red box.
    @jedipadmaster

    November 24th, 2013 · Details
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  • Gumpee (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a great movie. I had never seen a preview for it but I heard from friends that it was good. indeed it was. I would recommend seeing this show. I would own this as well. There is some swearing and use of drugs and alcohol but still a great show.

    November 5th, 2013 · Details
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  • ryanwford27 (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I really enjoyed this film. I was worried it would be a depressing movie, but it ended up having a good story and I recommend it!

    October 4th, 2013 · Details
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  • Bob (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Simply one of the best movies of 2013. There is some great character development which allows the viewer to place him/herself in the movie and really root for Duncan. The supporting actors in general are great, but Sam Rockwell knocks it out of the park with this one.

    I want to watch it again and will definitely own this one.

    Points for parents:
    There is a lot of casual swearing in this one that comes from teenagers. There are several scenes that show teenage girls/women in bikinis as it deals with a water park and beach area. Also, there are scenes that infer teenage drinking.

    August 12th, 2013 · Details
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  • randybgunn

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a great movie! I heard only good things going in and it didn't disappoint. Duncan is a great kid dealing with some big stuff who's life is changed by Owen who you can't help but like. This is a MUST watch movie!

    January 2nd, 2014 · Details
  • kevin.daughtrey (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Surprisingly good. One of the best independent movies I've seen in years

    December 1st, 2013 · Details
  • Clinnell (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Probably my favorite film of 2013. The cast was perfect for this film. I think most people can relate to this movie one way or the other. The lead character Duncan is played brilliantly by Liam James, and you really sympathize with him throughout the movie, but the real star of this movie is the performance by Sam Rockwell. Sam has never been funnier in a movie than this one.
    I have seen it twice in the past few months and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. The screenplay was written Nat Faxon and Jim Rash who previously won an Oscar for their screenplay "The Descendants." They also make hilarious appearances in the film. Hopefully they can keep films like this coming.

    November 25th, 2013 · Details
  • Clearplay clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    As you might expect from a coming-of-age summer, there are lewd references, off-color jokes, skimpy bathing suits, and about 70 profanities that ClearPlay handily cuts. There is still family disharmony that might make younger viewers uncomfortable. Some viewers also might raise an eyebrow at the idea that the boy is befriended by an older man. But the overall message of building self-esteem is ultimately positive and powerful... See Full Review

    November 10th, 2013 · Details
  • MattWoolley (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Great story of a young teen trying to learn about relationships involving himself and the adults in his life, including his divorced mother and her new boyfriend. I thought the performances were great, particularly enjoyed Sam Rockwell. It was an interesting take on how teens view their parents and their behavior. My wife and I loved the movie.

    August 9th, 2013 · Details
  • JohnMulderig (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    -- this coming-of-age comedy-drama provides a kind of what-not-to-do manual for prospective parents. It forcefully demonstrates the devastating effects of divorce on children as well as the damage caused by the absence of responsible adult care... See Full Review

    August 7th, 2013 · Details
  • ParentPreviews ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I’m not sure if this film is supposed to justify teens’ feelings about terrible parents or give adults a wake-up call. Unfortunately this commentary on the sad state of parenting misfires for family viewers concerned about content. Along with frequent profanities (including some strong sexual expletives) and alcohol abuse, Betty’s running sexual dialogue leaves even her neighbors feeling uncomfortable... See Full Review

    July 25th, 2013 · Details
  • SteveSalles (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    What a great little film and another example of how Sam Rockwell, one of my favorite actors working today, manages to create a terrific character so effortlessly. You should make the effort to see this film... See Full Review

    July 25th, 2013 · Details
  • DoveFoundation Dove Foundation

    Not ok | Worth Your Time

    Despite character growth, a few laughs along the way and a touching performance by Liam James as Duncan, this film is loaded with language including the F bomb, not to mention some sexual innuendos and the selling of drugs so we therefore are unable to award it our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal... See Full Review

    July 11th, 2013 · Details
  • NellMinow (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    It is a daunting challenge, as well, to make this story fresh and meaningful, but Faxon, Rash, and their exceptionally capable cast have managed, with a story that is specific enough to feel new but universal enough to hit home... See Full Review

    July 11th, 2013 · Details
  • ClaudiaPuig (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The summer's best ensemble cast makes for a delightful summer indie, a welcome break from overblown summer action flicks and derivative sequels. Sam Rockwell gives one of his best performances... See Full Review

    July 4th, 2013 · Details
  • RogerMoore (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    “Way Way Back” tries too hard to be all things to all audiences — kids learning about love and life, adults seeing themselves, boozily nostalgic for their youth. But the performances and the ready supply of one-liners make this an amusing look at a new generation getting lost down memory lane... See Full Review

    July 1st, 2013 · Details

Okfor ages12+