The Way, Way Down – A Coming of Age Film That’s Actually… Good?
Old formula, new laughs: The Way, Way Down has been popular with the critics
It’s a familiar theme: 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) faces teenage angst and is on a summer holiday with his mum and her annoying boyfriend (Steve Carell). It’s the coming of age story we’ve seen times, but this time, the writers and directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash seem to have nailed it.
Sam Rockwell at the premiere of of The Way, Way Down
“The whole experience there was so emotional because it had been such a long journey for us, and to finally make it to the finish line, it was so satisfying and wonderful. And to share it with each other was remarkable,” said the creative duo to the Wall Street Journal.
The reviews have been very kind to this feel-good summer movie. An extremely healthy 89% on Rotten Tomatoes represents a great critical return. And with people saying things like, “The Way, Way Back is a crowd-pleasing summer treat, predictable in its sweetness but satisfying all the same (Village Voice) and “[An] absolutely superb coming-of-age film.” (Chicago Times) ,this has to go down as a success.
“As far as the sale itself, Jim and I were just happy that it was warmly received in general. We were really excited that Searchlight was interested and one of the pursuing offers, because we had had a relationship with them on "The Descendants" and spent a lot of time with them in terms of that campaign through award season.,” the pair added.
We've lost count of how many movies Steve Carell has made