The Way Way Back

July 5th 2013
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 103 min,
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Cast: Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Jim Rash, River Alexander, Robert Capron, Nat Faxon, Zoe Levin, Ava Deluca-Verley, Andria Blackman, Aingealica Venuto, Jake Picking, Adam Riegler, Devon Werden, Jeffrey Ryan
  • Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • Writers: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • Producers: Tom Rice, Kevin J. Walsh
  • Co Producer: Rebecca Rivo
  • Executive Producers: Nat Faxon, Ben Nearn, George Parra, Gigi Pritzker, Jim Rash
  • Art Direction: Jeremy Woodward
  • Casting: Allison Jones
  • Costume Designs: Michelle Matland, Ann Roth
  • D.O.P.: John Bailey
  • Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel
  • Makeup: Brooke Baron
  • Music: Rob Simonsen
  • Production Design: Mark Ricker
  • Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo


A funny and poignant coming of age story of fourteen-year-old Duncan's summer vacation with his mother, Pam, her overbearing boyfriend, Trent, and his daughter, Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Massachusetts, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material
  • Production Budget: $4.6 million
  • Production Companies: Sycamore Pictures, The Walsh Company, OddLot Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 28 July 2012 - September 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Selling to Fox Searchlight for an incredible $10 million at Sundance this year, the surprise with this indie comedy is that it wasn't snapped up by a studio long before it got to the festival. "The Descendants" co-scribes Nat Faxon and Jim Rash penned and directed this project which involves a stellar cast, and a familiar storyline to anyone who watched "Adventureland".

The story follows an uneasy 14-year-old named Duncan (Liam James) who is forced into tagging along with his single mother (Toni Collette) on a beachside vacation with her new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carrell). While resenting the situation, Duncan befriends a rascally water park employee named Owen (Sam Rockwell), and in the process gradually comes out of his shell.

Also onboard are AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, and Allison Janney in a scene-stealing turn as a verbally abusive alcoholic neighbor. Reviews from the festival were mixed. The surprise is that the comedy is said to be quite grounded and natural, which means less outright laughter in favor of more smile-inducing bittersweet truisms. Rockwell and Janney were praised, but the others not as much.

Most of the criticisms though weren't targeted at the acting, rather at what sounds like underwritten characterisations along with an overly familiar plot. Sundance is all about fresh indie hits breaking through, this sounds more like a 'greatest hits' package. It'll still be fun, but sounds like it falls short in comparison to true breakouts like "Little Miss Sunshine"."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 12 July 2013: Sweden
  • 18 July 2013: Denmark
  • 8 August 2013: New Zealand
  • 9 August 2013: Norway
  • 16 August 2013: Finland
  • 28 August 2013: Ireland, UK
  • 24 October 2013: Germany
  • 21 November 2013: Argentina
  • 27 November 2013: France
  • 5 December 2013: Italy