Listen: Does 'The Way, Way Back' Deserve to Be Sundance's Biggest Sale?

Listen: Does 'The Way, Way Back' Deserve to Be Sundance's Biggest Sale?

Jan 24, 2013

The title of this post is a trick question because the answer isn't yes or no, it's who cares -- it ain't your $10 million. But yes, that's how much Fox Searchlight paid for the coming-of-age comedy The Way, Way Back, making it the biggest sale (so far) of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. However, the biggest sale does not always mean it's the best movie -- it just means whoever sold the thing is pretty damn good at their job. But while The Way, Way Back may not be the next Little Miss Sunshine or 500 Days of Summer, it's still a cute and comfortable comedy that's fun to watch, full of great performances and just plain makes you feel good.

The plot follows a shy, quiet kid (Liam James) who travels to his mother's boyfriend's beach house for a summer of dysfunctional fun. It's there that he winds up befriending the ragtag group of hilarious misfits who run the nearby waterpark, and along with assistance from a summer crush, this shy boy quickly learns how to come out of his shell. The film stars a great cast, with scene-stealing performances from Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney, along with an unexpected role played by Steve Carell. What's so unexpected about it? Here, listen to my audio review below to find out.

And since The Way, Way Back is about coming of age inside a water park, here are some videos of awesome water slides to get you in the mood for its likely release later this summer.


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