If there’s one thing that I really like then it’s a well-made coming-of-age story. I don’t know why, but they get me almost every time. So when I heard about this new flick I obviously had to write something up.
Hot off of writing The Descendants for Alexander Payne writers (now directors) Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have decided to take on a project for themselves, with The Way, Way Back.
This film stars Sam Rockwell and Steve Carell and it looks charming enough that it might actually work. Sometimes these types of films play strong at fests and then sort of fizzle out on the independent scene, but this one is looking like it comes well-balanced with a healthy dose of both drama and humor.
The trailer presents the film without leaning too heavily on one side or the other, which should mean a widened appeal and hopefully a good rhythm to keep everything steady. I especially like that Carell isn’t playing his character with too many dickish traits and that Rockwell is finally stretching out and doing something a little different than what we’re used to.
The Way, Way Back opens on July 5th, 2013.
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.
Check out the trailer below: