The Descendants writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash take a turn directing with the coming of age summer story The Way Way Back. The film finds teen Duncan (Liam James of The Killing) on summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette) and her somewhat dickish boyfriend (Steve Carell), and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin).
Duncan and his would-be stepfather don’t have the easiest relationship, but the introverted Duncan doesn’t have easy relationships with many people. He finds his way into a water park, however, where the charismatic, slacker manager Owen (Sam Rockwell) helps bring Duncan out of his shell. Rockwell’s work is great, and while he’s the standout, the entire supporting cast shines. Check out a UK trailer below.
The Way Way Back is in US theaters today.
THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world—all during a summer he will never forget.