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The Way, Way Back centres around the summer of a 14 year old teenager Duncan (played by newcomer Liam James) who is on holiday with his Mother (played by Australian actress Toni Collette) and her boyfriend Trent (played by Steve Carell).
While suffering through his boring days spent during his, Duncan starts an unlikely friendship with the manager of a water park, Owen (played by Sam Rockwell) who employs Duncan to do some odd jobs around the park.
The Way, Way Back is a hilarious coming of age story, which honestly and accurately shows what it is to be an angst filled teenager and also that sometimes parents don’t have it all sorted, because at the end of the day teenagers have to pave their own journey in life.
The film had several surprisingly saddening and even moving points, which caused us to see real characters on stage, characters which everyone to a certain degree could relate to.
The film presents to the audience a completely transformed protagonist by the end of the film, because of his life-changing experiences; both good and bad, throughout the film. It’s by far the best coming of age film I’ve seen.
However, if you’re scared of seeing a horribly cringe worthy comedy starring Steve Carell, don’t worry, Steve Carroll literally doesn’t say anything remotely funny. Most of the comic relief comes from Owen’s comic interjections completely lightening the mood of the film.
As a result, this creates a film with both a message and development while still enjoyable to watch. I’d definitely recommend going out and seeing it when it graces our cinemas on the first of august this year.
Student View gives this film a rating of: 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by William Finn