REVIEW: The Way Way Back Blu-ray/DVD

While 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) is being dragged on a family trip with his mom (Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Carell), he finds a gregarious friend (Rockwell) at a local water park. The two form a powerful bond as Duncan learns to swim through the challenges of life, love, family and friendship, resulting in a vacation he’ll never forget.

Much to my surprise, this turned out to be a pretty good movie. The Way Way Back is about a teen boy, Duncan, who goes away for the Summer with his mom, her boyfriend and his daughter. He's not very confident at first, but with the help of a couple new people that enter his life, his confidence grows throughout the Summer by working at a water amusement park. 

This was one of those indie movies that had a really great cast with A-List actors in it, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph and Sam Rockwell, just to name a few. This was definitely the first time where I've seen Steve Carell in a movie where he doesn't play such a good guy. He's the boyfriend that every kid with a single parent doesn't want their mom to be in a relationship in. 

Throughout the movie you see how strain Duncan and his mother's relationship with one another is. He didn't want to go away with them in during the Summer and they both seem to have a hard time communicating because he wants his mom to stand up for him and for herself when it comes to her boyfriend, Trent. With the confidence that Duncan gains throughout the Summer, his mother, at the end of the movie, finally gets brave enough to stand by her son.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Way Way Back at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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