Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Way, Way Back: Way Way Good

Fourteen-year-old Duncan is growing up surrounded by a gaggle of adults who've never managed to complete this feat. It's the summer. At the beach. And his mother's new boyfriend threatens to set the teenager back for life.

WWB's cast reads like a Comedy Central Hall of Fame. Steve Carell (40-year-old Virgin) is boyfriend Trent. Rob Corddry ("The Daily Show") is Trent's best friend. Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) is the neighborhood theme park manager.

 Still, this movie is no comedy.

Sometimes it feels like the actors are trying too hard to be funny. But that's a minor quibble with a flick that will resonate with anyone who's been a misunderstood teenager. It might even sweep you back to those days of awkwardness and agony.

Having said this, the movie is no downer. Why? You know the Movie Slut won't spill those beans. She'll just say you won't want to miss this sensitive, empathetic flick. 

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