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The Way, Way Back

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A coming-of-age tale from Descendants writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

The Descendants' Oscar-wining co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are behind this tale of adolescent and adult angst – one that, like its 14-year-old protagonist Duncan (Liam James) starts out awkwardly and grows in confidence. 

Holidaying in New England with his well-meaning mother (Toni Collette) and her dickhead boyfriend (Steve Carell), the introverted Duncan is facing a nightmare summer – until he snuggles under the wing of laidback water-park employee Owen (Sam Rockwell on fine form). 

If the Collette/Carell reunion suggests Little Miss Sunshine, it’s not quite that crowd-pleasing. But, crafted with much TLC and sympathy, it’s perfectly tailored to the tongue-tied teen in us all.

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