The Way Way Back

Synopsis: Duncan (Liam James) is not a popular kid and it doesn't look like the summer is going to offer anything better for him. His mother's boyfriend has invited them to his beach house where Duncan is expected to improve his personality and physical appearance, and meet girls. But his would-be step-sister doesn't want anything to do with him and his shy demeanor makes it difficult for him to meet anybody new. When Duncan wanders into the Water Wizz, the local water park, he meets adult employees who are just having fun. Owen (Sam Rockwell) lets Duncan work with him and their new-found bond will help each other mature and find their place in life. Which for Duncan means standing up to his would-be step-father, having a conversation with the girl next door and being more comfortable with who he is.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Production: Fox Searchlight
  5 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min



Duncan, are you sleeping?


Let me ask you something.

On a scale of one to ten,

what do you think you are?

Duncan? I'm asking you

how you see yourself.

Scale of one to ten.

I don't know.

I can't hear you, bud.

You have to speak up.

I don't know.

What? What don't you know?

How you see yourself?

You don't have any opinion?

I'm just asking.

Pick any number,

scale of one to ten.

Just shout it out.

Say a number.

A six.

A what?

A six!

I think you're a three.

You know why

I think you're a three?

Do you know what would

make me say that?


You don't know?

You have no idea?


You've got to speak up, buddy.


Since I've been

dating your mom,

I don't see you putting yourself out there,


Meeting kids your own age.

And from what

your mom tells me,

you just seem content

to hang around her apartment.

Is that a fair assessment?

You're just happy to not do anything?

Because, damn,

to me that is a three.

But, the good news

I'm here to tell you,

since there's going

to be plenty of kids

and plenty of

opportunities for you

to take advantage of at my

beach house this summer.

It's a big summer

for all of us, really.

You, your mom. Me, Steph.

One day,

we could become a family.

So, what do you say?

Let's try to get that score up. Huh?

Aim higher than a three?

That sound good?

You up for that, buddy?


It must be nice to be

full of good advice to say

It must be sweet,

but I'll call you if I need it

I'm doing all right for the

time Fine for the time being

I'll need professional help if

it does get any worse than this

I'll be out on the ledge if it

does get any worse than this

I'm doing all right for the

time Fine for the time being


You think you know me well

You think you know me well

But you don't know me at all

This is it.

Dad, could I get the keys?



Are you kidding me?

Thank God!

Another night of drinking alone

and I was going to kill myself!


I'm off the wagon again.

Accept it and move on.

Oh, my God.

Press my laundry.

Oh, Trent.

How're you doing?

I'm good.

I like this.

I love your ride.

Does the eight track still work?

What this? This is exactly the

car my dad used to drive us in.

Old and crappy.

Do you have any idea how

much I've spent on this car?

This is cherry.

This is a cherry car.

A car salesman with bad taste.


Hi. I'm Betty.

Hi, Pam.

Trent's probably already

talked crap about me.


He did, didn't he?

It's okay if he has.

What did he say?

I'm loving this.

Oh, thank you.

I couldn't pull it off.

My hair seems to hate me.

That's where you're supposed to say,

"Your hair's lovely."

Oh, it, is.

It is lovely.


I like her.

What's not to like?

Get it where you can.

I'd be on my back after a line like that.

Susanna, Trent's here.

This is his new girlfriend,


Hi, Susanna.

Say, "Hi."


Yeah, but don't come down.

Just stand there, brooding.


You've brought me a man.

How thoughtful.

Hello, sailor.

Who is this in all

his awkward stage glory?

This is my son, Duncan.

Everybody lends a hand.

Oh, my God.

I was going to name my youngest Duncan,

but my ex-husband thought

it was too nerdy.

So, we went with Peter.

Which, personally, I think is worse.

But, it suits my son, so...

Oh, don't worry,

you wear the name well.

Trent, where's Steph?

We've been here

all of two minutes,

so I suppose she's getting

ready for the beach.

Oh, my God. She's just like me.

Screw cancer.

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Nat Faxon

Nathaniel Faxon (born October 11, 1975) is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. Though a frequent presence on comedic films and TV series, he is best known for winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Descendants (2011) and for his starring roles in the FOX comedy series Ben and Kate (2012–2013) and the FX comedy series Married (2014–2015). He also co-wrote and co-directed The Way, Way Back (2013) with writing partner Jim Rash. He also voiced Pickle, Crusher's sidekick, in the Nick Jr. animated children's television STEM series Blaze and the Monster Machines. more…

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