The Way, Way Back – Review

This film was my third for the festival and the second of two on the second night. I wasn’t expecting it to grab my attention and I wasn’t expecting it to be anywhere near as good as it is. It is a hysterical coming of age story. Very well written with a run of gags from Sam Rockwell that I could not keep up with because they just kept coming and I was laughing too much to hear them all. His delivery is almost unbelieveable.

It presents some lovely observations from a teenager’s perspective on just how hideous many adults really are. The other actors are great, with a stunning performance from Liam James (from The Killing) as our teenage hero Duncan. Allison Janney (The West Wing) is also a scream as the neighbour Betty.

Toni Collette and Steve Carell made a brief appearance on stage at the premier in the State Theatre. Steve plays a convincing dick of a man who is dating Duncan’s mother (Toni Collette). I don’t like the movies in which he plays the awkward funny guy at all, but I guess he is successful here because you do grow to really hate his character in this film.

5/5 because I laughed and laughed.

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