The Way, Way Back
Our next Rialto Recommends is 2013's THE WAY WAY BACK. A summer picture in the best sense of the term. THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget. Despite its familiar themes, THE WAY WAY BACK makes use of its talented cast, finely tuned script, and an abundance of charm to deliver a funny and satisfying coming-of-age story. Indiewire wrote "Like many of the best films in this genre THE WAY WAY BACK is rooted in truth: honest observations about family dynamics, adolescence, dependence and independence." While Rolling Stone declared "The Way Way Back gets it wittily, thrillingly right. It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh, then breaks your heart." THE WAY WAY BACK is streaming on DirectTV or available to rent for a modest fee from Redbox, Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others HERE.