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Water works

If there was ever any doubt, The Way Way Back confirms:  Steve Carell can really act.

Because in this movie, our favorite nice guy plays an  out-and-out prick.
the way way back


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.

By George

Have you seen this promotional pic of the new movie The Descendants?  Did you wonder what George Clooney was hiding from?

Turns out his co-stars.

I saw the movie this afternoon with my friend Caroline who is visiting from Kentucky — George Clooney’s hometown, in fact.  (She knows the man.)  So we were excited to see if the movie and George himself deserved all the Oscar buzz.

Not so much.

Apparently director Alexander Payne spent all his money on the big man himself and surrounded George with a TV movie-of-the-week cast.  I mean, Shaggy from Scooby-Doo as his co-star?  Get real.

While there were excellent turns by Shailene Woodley as George’s oldest daughter Alexandra and Beau Bridges as his cousin Hugh, no one else really measured up to George or the script.

Hey Alexander — when you center a film around a sick room, you might want to make sure your cast is healthy first.