Grown ups sucks don’t they? Unless they are Sam Rockwell, then they are awesome!
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won an Oscar for writing the excellent The Descendants, wrote and directed this beautiful summer tale of Duncan, a teenage boy (lovely Liam James) and his summer holiday with his mum (Toni Collette), her jerk boyfriend and his daughter. Bored and unable to fit in, Duncan find a nice water park and a better way to spend his summer holiday.
Those who know the American TV comedy Community, would know Jim Rash as the brilliant dean of Greendale, who also wrote the only good episode of season four, Basic Human Anatomy (the Freaky Friday one). Nat Faxton is a familiar face on American TV, including Joey, Happy Hour and as well as doing voices for American Dad and The Cleveland Show. Together, Faxon and Rash are rapidly taking a salient place amongst the top writers of Hollywood today and going by this film, damn good filmmakers too.
The summer holiday scenery echoed, in a bit of a weird way, Dirty Dancing to me, instead of a sexy, secret love affair, it is the story of a sexy secret surrogate family, much cooler and better than the family Duncan has to bare.
Like in The Descendants, a lot of summer, beaches and holiday are the settings for a sensitive, poignant, funny and sad but ultimately uplifting story of a boy. Initially, The Way Way Back, seems to be a well known coming of age story of an awkward white kid, but it’s not really, it is more embracing of age. The talent of Rash and Faxon in this film is dedication to the point of view of the teenager and bringing out the child in all of us. I laughed, I cried, got angry and frustrated together with Duncan, I cheered for him, but most of all, I wanted to be him in the amazing water park that is Water Wizz.