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The Way, Way Back

7.41 h 43 min2013X-Ray12
A hilarious comedy from the studio that brought you Little Miss Sunshine and Juno of a teen who finds an outlandish group of friends in a family vacation he'll never forget!
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Rob CorddryAmanda PeetLiam JamesSam RockwellAllison JanneyToni Collette
20th Century Fox
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1245 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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SamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The only way is up here
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I had no idea what to expect from this film, I couldn't remember what the cover blurb said and unusually for me I hadn't read any reviews either.
Wow what a nice surprise. This is such a lovely coming of age movie.

The story revolves around Duncan the central character, who is taken on holiday by his mum along with her boyfriend and his teenage daughter to a seaside town where Trent the boyfriend's holiday home is.
On arriving they are welcomed by the neighbours and Duncan's prospective love interest the girl next door. However, this is not the central concept of the movie.
Steve Carrell brilliantly plays his mum's sleazy boyfriend and the tension between him and Duncan is palpable.
This drives Duncan away, and getting bored of the group ups shenanigans and partying he borrows a bike and discovers the towns water theme park. Here he finds a quasi father figure in the guise of Sam Rockwell's character Owen. There is a lot of humour here as the workers make the most of what could be a dead end job and Duncan finds himself enrolling and finding his feet there.

Sam Rockwell is fantastic in this role supported by the other park workers, I loved every moment of the parks scenes they felt genuinely heartfelt and if you see the out takes, it's not hard to see why. I wanted to visit to immediately.

This is a film for everyone, I can't recommend it highly enough, gentle and thoughtful, but also at times uproariously funny. I will be putting this on my wish list, and looking forward to a repeat performance.
10 people found this helpful
Schrödinger's CatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good coming of age movie
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Nice enough film about a young boy caught in the crossfire of his parents divorce, closely followed by his mother's obnoxious. controlling, unfaithful, rebound boyfriend. Liam James gives a very solid performance as the awkward put-upon teenager. The real star of the show, as always, is the amazing Sam Rockwell, who takes the boy under his hilarious wing. Although I felt that this is a good movie, it somehow lacks the wow factor for me, thus 4 stars, not 5. Worth a watch though.
3 people found this helpful
Tricky DickieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't think much of it...
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Chosen as a film that should suit family film night. There wasn't anything offensive about it, but it wasn't very funny at all. Some well known actors in it, so it had a lot of potential, but it felt very formulaic and like they were just going through their paces - not even vaguely hilarious and rather thin on plot and story telling.
One person found this helpful
C. HawkinsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 April 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
From Nebraska with pleasure
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Caught the middle part of this film in a weird motel in Nebraska on TV and thought hmm this looks fun so coming home after the trip promptly put in an Amazon order.

Well Nebraska didn't play tricks on my taste. This is a little gem of a film. A really heart warming and amusing film about growing up, about a boy trying to find his place in the world. Liam James is wonderful as the aforementioned boy, Sam Rockwell a triumph as the man child that takes him under his wing. The film is character driven to the maximum, Steve Carell excellent and sleazy mid life crisis, Toni Collette the female mid life crisis struggling post divorce, Maya Rudolph as the wonderfully strong foil to Rockwell's character, Anna Sophia Robb, River Alexander....... I could go on. Suffice to say each part is beautifully drawn, well written, and well acted.

This is a very strong character driven snappy, amusing, emotional film. Funny and life enhancing. If not a five star film certainly a 4.5 star film. Hmm I wish these reviews were out of ten as this would be a really very good nine.
3 people found this helpful
Maximilian John Stanley BergerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Simply Beautiful, Feel Good & Genuinely Heart Warming Movie!
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Wow, I do not know what to say,
I have seen this movie at least 4 times and every time I watch it I end up in fits of tears.
It is simply beautiful.
The acting, story and characters are so bloody amazing,
I would urge any person who breathes to watch this incredibly heartwarming and truly feel good movie.
I cannot recommend any other movie in such praise that I view this underated gem, and I am a giant movie goer.
Do yourself a favour and watch this movie,
It has been one of the best 2 hours of my life and I promise I am NOT exaggerating,
Thank you Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, For creating this movie,
Thank you!
10 people found this helpful
Martin WhiteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Great trailer disappointing movie
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After watching the trailer decided to give it a go for a family movie night. We only watched about 45 minutes before we all decided it was pretty poor so switched off. Not that funny and just felt a little sorry for the main character. It was all going ok-ish until that runs the water park comes into it when it all gets too cringy
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Stouffer the Sausage DogReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Way Way better than expected!
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Not exactly a comedy as such but a really enjoyable film non the less. It is more Quixotically quirky than the description might suggest & in line with a Wes Anderson adventure, such as Moonrise Kingdom (socially challenged kids, awful role model parents & unusual friendships), which is a good thing! If you saw & loved Juno & Little Miss Sunshine you will certainly enjoy this. The publicity poster is strangely unappealing (don't judge a book by it's cover as they say) I gave it a go in light of the previous name checked movies & found it as good as anything I have seen on amazon prime.
AnneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
fantastic film - quirky and feel good - everyone should watch this
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Loved this film, very uplifting and funny as well as poignant adolescent coming of age and dysfunctional family life

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great value for money - highly recommended
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