The Way, Way Back tells the story of 14-year-old Duncan’s awkward, funny, and sometimes painful summer vacation with his mother, Pam, her overbearing boyfriend, Trent, and his daughter, Steph. Although Duncan has a tough time fitting in and finding his place, he does find an unlikely ally and mentor in Owen, a carefree employee at the local water park where Duncan gets a job. Over the course of the summer, as his mother drifts further away, Duncan—with encouragement from Owen—begins to open up and come into his own.
Mining the caverns of human vulnerability for the humor necessary to make life bearable, first-time directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have transformed their terrific screenplay into a bittersweet comedy that is both charming and insightful. Boasting an extraordinary ensemble of some of the most revered actors working today, as well as a young actor destined to join their ranks, The Way, Way Back brims with nostalgia for the magical time of adolescence, as well as the great coming-of-age films of the 1980s that captured its wide-eyed confusion and wonder.
- T. G.
About the Directors
Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are the Academy Award–winning writers of The Descendants, for which they received the Academy Award for the best adapted screenplay in 2011 along with the film’s director, Alexander Payne. They are also both accomplished comedic actors: Rash currently stars in the hit NBC series Community, and Faxon plays the titular Ben in Fox’s new comedy series Ben and Kate. They are currently collaborating on an action comedy for Indian Paintbrush featuring fellow Groundlings comedy troupe alumnus Kristen Wiig, as well as a project for Payne’s production company, Ad Hominem.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Screenwriters: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Executive Producers: Ben Nearn, Gigi Pritzker, George Parra
Producers: Kevin J. Walsh, Tom Rice
Cinematographer: John Bailey
Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel
Production Designer: Mark Ricker
Costume Designers: Ann Roth, Michelle Matland
Principal Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James
Contact: Tom Rice / Sycamore Pictures / email@example.com