Last night, we attended an advanced screening of the new Steve Carell movie, The Way Way Back, and it was so much better than I ever expected!
The movie doesn’t hit theaters until July 5th, but for some reason they’re doing a bunch of screenings around the country right now. (Click here to see if there’s a screening in your area)
Here’s the synopsis for the movie:
THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
And here’s the trailer for the movie:
It’s strange watching Michael from The Office playing the bad guy role, but he nails it perfectly. Within the first few moments of the movie, I could already sympathize with Duncan’s situation, as Trent is a real dick to him.
Still, he finds a way to make the best of a bad situation, and it’s heart-warming to watch his transformation. There are some interesting plot twists along the way, you’ll just have to watch the movie to see how it all plays out.
I’m curious to see what kind of release this movie gets come July. Most indie movies like this only see a limited release in smaller theaters, but I think this could do really well with the right promotion and with the big names attached to the movie.
Whatever the case, make sure you check this movie out when it’s finally released, you won’t be disappointed!