FILM: The Way, Way Back; 2 Guns
THE WAY, WAY BACK follows the overfamiliar path taken by coming-of-age stories but its characters lend it a distinction seldom found in this hackneyed genre. There are others as well: a garrulous blowhard full of advice; a young girl who recognises frustration and exasperation because she, too, suffers these feelings; and then there is the boy who exemplifies all the pain and angst a lonely, underachieving teenager has to bear. The youngster is 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James), who is first seen gazing unhappily out of the back window of a station wagon driven by Trent (Steve Carell) to the coast for the summer.
Owen (Sam Rockwell), who runs a water-themed playground, takes Duncan under his wing when the lad turns up riding an inappropriate pink bicycle looking for some purpose and pleasure to make his vacation less hellish than the adults have made it. Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash who, together with Alexander Payne, were awarded an Oscar for their screenplay for The Descendants, the movie relies heavily on subtle, nuanced and convincing performances rather than on its predictable story.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business DaySimilar Stories