“The Way Way Back” Movie Review

Duncan (Liam James) is a shy 14 year old. His mother’s, Pam (Toni Collette), new boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), is a true blue asshole.

On the way to Trent’s summer beach home, Trent decides to give Duncan a 3 out of 10…just to build up his already destroyed ego.

Duncan is a good kid, he is just quiet and would rather be alone than put up with the drivel that Trent, his friends, and, now, his own mother are spewing.

The next door neighbor, Betty (Alison Janney) is a lush, but, she has a daughter, Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), who is quiet, does not like the drivel the other kids spew, and understands, and kinda likes, Duncan.

Fate has dealt Duncan a nice hand this summer,,,,,but wait.

Taking a bike that he found in the garage, Duncan rides to the local Water Wizz water park where he meets Water Wizz employee, Owen (Sam Rockwell).

Owen is a flake, but, he is also a person who cares about other people. He takes Duncan under his wing, gives him a job, and watches as Duncan blossoms into a really good, almost outgoing, kid.

Summer has now dealt Duncan the best hand ever!

To see what happens next, you will have to watch the movie.

“The Way Way Back” is an excellent movie about the life of a shy kid in the middle of a divorce and learning to suffer through his mother’s new asshole boyfriend. He also finds two people who REALLY care about him and are happy to help him find his own way in life. Great cast, great movie, great moral.

Go to IMDb for more information.

Drive Safe! Never Forget.


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