The Way, Way Back Monday, 13 July 2020

The Way, Way Back

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Learning to move forward.

  • Starring:

    Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon

  • Directed by:

    Jim Rash, Nat Faxon

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Push and shove. Arguing. Jokes about wanting to kill oneself, likelihood of death. Raped niece, Cold War, 'Nam, homicide mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Infidelity, flirting, kissing, bum-grabbing, ogling. Sexual banter and innuendo. Male prostitution, herpes mentioned. Suggestive dancing. Nudity: Swimwear, beachwear, bikinis. Cleavage. Man in undies.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Bag of marijuana seen, marijuana-smoking implied. Doing drugs, cocaine, crackhead, smoking pot mentioned, stoned behaviour. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails). Underage drinking, drunken behaviour. Smoking (cigar).

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word (reference), f-word, s-words, a-words, derogatory names for females, slang for male genitalia, bastard. Jokes about skin cancer, homosexuality, bisexuality, drugs, incest, being fired, beatings and disfigurement. Comic references to a child's physical abnormality. Cultural, ethnic, teenager, gender, sexual stereotyping. Name-calling and mocking. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Families, parenting, step-parenting, single-parenting, family holidays, coming-of-age, bad dancing, popularity, sarcasm, acceptance, relationship breakdowns, rejection, mother-son relationships, teenage angst, summer vacations, water parks, secrets.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Blended families, estranged fathers, mother's new boyfriend, teen breakup, alcoholic mother. Divorce, germaphobia mentioned. Fireworks, waterslides, open fire. Prawns, clams, lobster eaten. Seagull, dog glimpsed; cockroach print on t-shirt. Vomiting, circus, clowns mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Enjoyable, very amusing, crowd-pleasing, charming, reminiscent. Sam Rockwell is hilarious.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic, predictable, hackneyed, cheesy, sitcomish.

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