‘The Way, Way Back’ is the directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the duo who wrote 2011′s Oscar-winning ‘The Descendants’.
An average, 14-year old boy that like many young men of his age is going through some growing pains with his mother. His life is due to change forever when he spends the summer at his mother’s boyfriend’s summer-house with his daughter in tow. Steve Carrell as stepfather has a very serious role here and manages to shake any comedic preconceptions you have about him.
At the local water park he meets a man who becomes his father figure, best friend and mentor in all rights of passage matters.
That this man is played by Sam Rockwell is a master-stroke of casting – he is avuncular in style yet almost as childish as the young man.
I’d wager this to be the funniest film of the year and it accomplishes this without insulting the audience, like many big-budget comedies seem so intent on doing.
This charming slice of life is subtle and dramatic and yet so easy and funny that it’s almost impossible not to like – like the studio’s previous Independent hits ‘Juno’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ this is a very entertaining and clever film.