It’s the end of September, and I am already on my Hallowe’en horror grind. It is taking a lot out of me to push back some great horror posts in favour of something a little more reminiscent of the waning Summer.
From Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, names you’ll recognize from The Descendants, comes the “coming of age” summer flick, The Way Way Back. It’s just what you need to hold on the fleeting feeling of pool days.
Duncan, 14, goes on summer vacation with his mom, her overbearing boyfriend, and his daughter. Behind everyone’s back, he gets a job at the local water park, Water Wizz and befriends the “man child” of an owner, Owen.
Duncan’s self esteem is shot by his mother’s boyfriend, and the pretty girl next door. At Water Wizz, he makes some unlikely friends and finds some purpose.
A recognizable cast including Steve Carell as big bad boyfriend, Sam Rockwell as Owen (one of the 3 most underrated actors of our time), Toni Collette as “the mom,” Allison Janney, and Liam James as Duncan.
This realistic coming of age comedy is overwhelmingly warm. Duncan’s smiles are so genuine when in his own, and it’s something you can really sense.
Amazing if you liked Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 500 Days of Summer, Moonrise Kingdom.