315. The Way Way Back (2013)

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7.4 Quirky and original
  • Acting 7.3
  • Directing 7.4
  • Story 7.4
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Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney

Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Running Time: 103 mins


The Way Way Back is an American film about a shy teenage boy who goes on holiday with his mother, sister, and mother’s boyfriend, who he thinks is absolutely horrible. However, while they are staying in a seaside town, the boy finds a friend in the form of a fun and easy-going worker at a nearby water park.

This film was pretty interesting. Being a comedy, I didn’t think that it was the most spectacularly hilarious thing I’ve ever seen, however I thought that the story was definitely very interesting to follow and quite original too.

My main praise of this film would have to be the brilliant development of the characters throughout the storyline, as it was completely obvious all the way through what each person was like, what they wanted, and therefore I found it much much easier to relate to the ongoing within the film.

Although based around a completely unorthodox and bizarre friendship between a teenage boy and a lowly employee at a water park, I thought that the whole plot seemed very honest, and it was represented in a very realistic way too, making it all the more interesting.

Overall, I’ll give this a 7.4, because although it wasn’t necessarily the funniest comedy I’ve ever seen, I thought that this had an interesting and original storyline that was entertaining to follow.

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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com