From the two new directors debuting with this fine drama about a loner teenager. It was like the boy version of Hilary Duff's 'According to Greta', had all the elements like separated parents, struggling teenager, cheating husband and the summer holiday and job. The story was told from the character Duncan who is trying hard to fit in his new family.
'The Way, Way Back' tells the story of a 14 year-old Duncan who goes to a beach house in a small town for the summer vacation with his mother and her new boyfriend. Duncan was not happy and so his step father who talks tough with him. The vacation is the chance to understand each other but it won't go according to their plan. Each of them find their way of happiness, sometimes it ends in disappointment with others. Whether their bond strengthens or not is where the movie concludes with the simple ending.
Emotionally the movie had the upper hand than what they have called it as a dark comedy. Well written script by the duo who won Oscars for 'The Descendants'. Some of the portions of the movie were very nice like Duncan's job at the water park. Where Sam Rockwell comes across to cheer up him as well the movie. The rest of the movie was a little slow in pace, especially it was a slow take off from the opening and the end was also very plain. A good movie to watch if you are okay with the slow pace. Recommended.