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)


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


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


    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).


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


    Formulaic, predictable, hackneyed, cheesy, sitcomish.

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