Monday, September 2, 2013

Movie Monday - The Way Way Back

Did you all notice the cheesy popcorn bucket graphics for my movie ratings last week???  Anyone, anyone?  Oh well if you didn't well it's not earth shattering or anything but it adds a nice visual for the ratings at the end of the review (so stick around and make sure you see it).  Anyway back to the matter at hand The Way Way Back.

The Way Way Back follows a shy, nerdy 14 year old kid named Duncan played by on a summer trip to the beach with his mom and her boyfriend and his daughter.  The boyfriend Trent played by is a smile wearing asshole, so when he's being an asshole it doesn't quite feel as nasty but it actually feels worse later.  Trent is an asshole to Duncan but never really in front of Duncan's mom Pam played by .  Duncan is naturally having issues fitting in with Trent's daughter who is older and all her friends so Duncan stumbles into and unlikely friendship with Owen played by the manager of a aging water park.  That is really the plot right there with some twists thrown in and finally the shy boy comes into his own.  Sam Rockwell makes this movie along with who plays the hysterical drunken neighbor.  I was also impressed at how well Steve Carell plays an asshole, which is against his usual character type.  This movie was funny, sweet and a little sad all at the same time.  Ivy and I both really liked The Way Way Back.  I would even go so far to say it's one of the best movies I've seen this summer.  It's not really typical summer movie fare but I liked the break from the action packed box office stuff that's out.  I am giving The Way Way Back 4 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets!

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