A sweet, genuine, and impactful film.
I'm just gonna say it: I loved The Way, Way Back. I seriously haven't enjoyed a movie like I did with The Way, Way Back in a long time. Not only is it a very well made film, but it's a film with heart. The Way, Way Back has a story to tell with joy, friendship, and love. The whole story revolves around a fourteen year old boy named Duncan. Duncan lives with his mom and his mom's new boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell). For summer vacation, Duncan, his mom, Trent, and Trent's daughter go to Trent's beach house to stay all summer. At first, Duncan hates it. Not only is Trent very rude to Duncan, but Duncan can't seem to find a place to fit in. To add to that, Trent has a very bubbly neighbor who has a teenage daughter named Suzana. The only person that really tries to get to know Duncan is Suzana but Duncan is still young and very awkward. Finally, Duncan decides to go to the local Water Whizz water park. It is there Duncan meets his true best friend Owen. Owen is a middle-aged man who truly helps Duncan discover who he is. At the water park, Duncan gets a job and befriends all the employees at the water park. Plus, he finally gets to know Suzana and opens up to her. From that point on, the film teaches great lessons about friendship, belonging, and finding yourself. It truly is wonderful and offers a lot for teens to think about. Although, the film does have a PG-13 rating so expect some language and sexual innuendo. But to be honest, it's really nothing a mature teen can't handle. Overall, this is a truly poignant film that has a lot to offer. I recommend this film to all families with thoughtful teens.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking