If there was ever any doubt, The Way Way Back confirms: Steve Carell can really act.
But he’s not the central character in Way Back.
His girlfriend’s son Duncan is. The two of them don’t see eye-to-eye, and it makes for an uncomfortable threesome, especially when they go away together for the summer. Duncan escapes by getting a job at Water Wizz, a local water park, where he finds the acceptance he can’t find at home.
This movie made me smile for a lot of reasons.
Sam Rockwell is a surprising, endearing water park manager and surrogate father to Duncan. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — who won an Oscar for The Descendants screenplay — wrote and directed his movie as well…but I was mostly happy to see Nat’s goofy face return to the screen after the egregious cancellation of his sitcom Ben and Kate. And most of all, it was fun to see a movie about water slides…
…after a weekend of 100 degree weather. Heaven.