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We hope you enjoy the show

After I returned home from the theatre last night, I shared my move review for The Way Way Back.

But I wasn’t quite ready to talk about the pre-show.

amc070713 While I was standing in line for a Diet Coke — and composing a Facebook status about how crazy crowded the theatre was for a Sunday evening — a man and his small child ran by me.  They were soon followed by a great crush of people. I heard words like ‘bomb’ and ‘fire.’

And then insanity broke out.

Everyone rushed for the exits.  AMC employees stood by, wide-eyed and searching.  Someone pulled the fire alarm.

I remember hesitating for an instance thinking, “Is this real?” and then not waiting to find out.

We all stood on the sidewalk — across from the theatre at the instruction of AMC employees who now had their orders.  Within seconds five fire trucks — five — surrounded the building.

And within minutes, it was over…and we were walking back inside.

Turns out two men got into an argument in one of the cinemas, and one pulled out pepper spray.   Someone standing close by panicked at the sight and smell of it.  And that’s all it took.

Because today, we are a nervous, twitchy society —

With movie trailers that are so long, I didn’t miss a single frame of the film.

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.
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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.