This Week In Home Entertainment: The Conjuring, The Way Way Back And More
The Way, Way Back Blu-ray Combo Pack
Within the first five minutes of The Way, Way Back, audiences are introduced to Trent (Steve Carell), Pam (Toni Collette), and Betty (Allison Janney), three of the worst onscreen parents that have ever been written. They selfishly lug their children to the beach for the summer so that they can booze out, relax, and snag some marijuana from the locals, leaving their kids to practically fend for themselves. It sounds like the start of a really awful drama, but The Way, Way Back is mostly a comedy with a heart.
Pam has a son named Duncan (Liam James) who doesn’t get along with her new boyfriend, Trent. Duncan is shy and awkward, an emotional boy who keeps his feelings closeted by hunching over and trying to avoid talking whenever possible. James is an incredible ball of energy in the role; he even blushes on cue. This happens a lot when he spends time around the next-door neighbor Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb). Despite his verbal mishaps, his friendship with Susanna blossoms.
Things are still tenuous between Duncan and his mother and worse between Duncan and Trent. To get away from everything, he heads to the local water park, where he meets Owen (Sam Rockwell), Caitlyn (Maya Rudolph), Roddy (Nat Faxon), and Lewis (Jim Rash). In a setting filled with oddballs, Duncan has a better chance of fitting in.
The Way, Way Back was written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the writing duo who put together the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Descendants (and who also frequently takes acting gigs on TV). The Way Way Back hits a lot of same notes as The Descendants. There are adults living complicated lives with complicated morals and kids coming to terms with the adults they are saddled with. There are moments of triumphs and moments that are difficult to watch. Most importantly, the cast in the film is chock full of a set of excellent actors giving their all on screen. The Way, Way Back may not win the best screenplay award this year, but you’ll probably enjoy watching it, nonetheless.
You can order The Way, Way Back over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: Indie flicks produced by Fox Searchlight aren’t typically filled with tons of bonus features, but Faxon and Rash, along with some of the crew, show up for a lengthy bonus features looking at the making of the film. Called “Behind-the-Scenes with the Hilarious Cast & Filmmakers,” the extra is a half-hour in length and covers the story of how the film was made and what it was like to work on set. Apparently, The Way Way Back was written well before the dynamic duo began putting together The Descendants, but the success of that movie paved the way for this one to be made.
Other Special Features:
Theatrical Behind the Scenes
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