Fourteen year old Duncan (Liam James) is forced to spend the summer at his mom’s boyfriend’s (Steve Carell) beach house. This coming of age story is all about finding oneself and learning how to deal with family situations. The Way Way Back is the sense of summer and humor that you get with Adventureland and the family dynamic that you get with The Descendants. It is a cute, quirky tale that has great soundtrack and film style. The tone is absolutely perfect for the summer, and I love how the content has enough “meat” to be taken seriously. The kids in the movie appeared to be so much more mature and intelligent than their parents which is mainly credited to the casting. This is a great, short movie that is great to watch with friends and family.
3.5 out of 5 stars