The Way, Way Back

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This is probably the movie you want to see, and you just don’t know it. For starters, “The Way, Way Back” is the kind of movie that could never be bad.

Much like the 2012 smash-hit “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the endearing indie-comedy “Little Miss Sunshine,” or even the cult-classic “The Breakfast Club,” this movie succeeds in its display of humanity and raw emotion.

So the worst thing that could have really happened to this movie was that it could have been a box-office flop. I mean, I don’t recall seeing a whole lot of promotional material or advertising for the movie.

My girlfriend and I simply saw the theatrical trailer while at a showing of Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” and we both knew it was something we wanted to see.

I’m actually a bit surprised I didn’t see more about it because it boasts a fairly decorative cast, with Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, and Maya Rudolph being some of the more recognizable names.

But, of course, a good film is successful regardless of popularity. And a spectacular performance by rookie lead-actor Liam James will not go unrecognized.

“The Way, Way Back” is a drama comedy that is powerful yet not overbearing. Much like the teenage spirit it embodies, it is comfortably light with a couple of moments that really hit hard.

-Jake Tapley