(Fox Searchlight | Getty Images)In The Way, Way Back, a young teen discovers friendship and confidence during a seemingly loathsome summer vacation with his mother and her jerky boyfriend. It's the kind of universal American story that could catapult the writing team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to new heights. Yes, the two career character actors are back after winning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar (along with Alexander Payne) for The Descendants in 2011. That win helped seal the fate of The...Read Full Story
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Sam Rockwell. His charming performance is Oscar-worthy in this predictable, but likable, little movie.
Familiar and unique at the same time, The Way, Way Back is the kind of movie teens may very well end up owning and marking as their favorite film. It's National Lampoon's Vacation by way of The Wonder Years and Adventureland. There's nothing hugely original or ambitious about it, but the film endears thanks to a genuine...Read Full Story
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