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by Jennifer Donovan

5M4M contributor Jennifer Donovan was sent to an advance screening of this movie, and we were compensated for this campaign. Right now we just want to offer up a great giveaway for you from Fox Searchlight pictures, and you can check out her interview with Allison Janney and her review of the movie, too.

Synopsis:

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin).  Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.

My take:

I have to reserve my review until next week, but I will say that I saw this movie with a friend of mine and my 14-year-old daughter, and we loved it. Stay tuned for more info about the movie, including an interview with co-star Allison Janney.

In the meantime, visit the official website, Like The Way, Way Back on Facebook, and follow @TheWayWayBack on Twitter #TheWayWayBack.

Summer memories?

This movie begins with everyone loaded up in a vintage paneled station wagon where Liam has to ride in the way back, you know — the seat that faces backwards, separating you from the others in the car? We had a station wagon just like that! And my in-laws even had one within the last 10 years, and my sister-in-law actually chose to ride in the way way back.

The vehicle was a station wagon, but the story takes place on the beach and at a waterpark, so I’d like to know — growing up, would you have rather spent the day at the beach or the waterpark?

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Elena June 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I liked the beach

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2 Brandy W. June 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm

The always enjoyed the Water park!!

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3 courtney hennagir June 25, 2013 at 12:42 am

definitely the beach. but then again,i am 31 years old and have never been to a waterpark!

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4 Terra Heck June 25, 2013 at 2:19 am

I prefer the water park. I like the different water rides. Thanks.
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5 bn100 June 25, 2013 at 2:20 am

liked the beach

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6 Elis B. June 25, 2013 at 2:23 am

I like the beach

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7 Stephen N. June 25, 2013 at 2:57 am

Never been to the beach. Loved water parks though.

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8 Cindy B June 25, 2013 at 3:24 am

I’m a beach girl!

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9 Janet W. June 25, 2013 at 5:37 am

I’ve always been more of a beach person! It’s more relaxing!

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10 BusyWorkingMama June 25, 2013 at 5:47 am

I’ve always liked both!

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11 Lisa Brown June 25, 2013 at 6:51 am

I loved the beach

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12 Mary Happymommy June 25, 2013 at 6:59 am

I preferred the beach.

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13 Heather Hayes Panjon June 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

I’ve Always Preferred The Beach.

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14 Anne Lehnick June 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

Mine was probably the swimming pool. We had neither a beach nor a waterpark nearby. I seldom went to a beach as a kid and only to a waterpark a few times. My preference would probably be the waterpark because it doesn’t have salt water or sand.

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15 Steph June 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

I liked the beach.

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16 shelly June 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

When I was a kid, I loved both!

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17 Denise M June 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

the beach by my aunts house but actually more of a pool girl

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18 amyc June 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

Not really! I’m not a good swimmer and always burned easily. So, it was never really much fun for me.

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19 Kerrie Mayans June 25, 2013 at 11:00 am

Waterpark for sure because I didn’t like the feeling of sand on me.

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20 latanya June 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

the beach is what I would pick

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21 Charlene S June 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

The beach is the best.

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22 Sheila K. June 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

I LOVED the beach!

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23 Laura June 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

We didn’t have either (just the pool) but I would have preferred the beach.

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24 Tabathia B June 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

When I was a kid it was the waterpark

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25 Patricia Wojnar Crowley June 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Definetly the water park!

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26 Anne June 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

We would spend time at the beach.

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27 Caroline B June 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

loved the beach.

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28 Shannon S. June 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

waterpark loved the waterslides!!

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29 Jessica To June 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I like both the beach and waterpark! You don’t get sand everywhere at the waterpark though!

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30 Cynthia R June 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

i loved the beach, favorite thing to do was look for shells

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31 vickie couturier June 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

water park for sure

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32 Donna L June 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I liked going to the beach.

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33 Stacey B June 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Ive always preferred water parks.. no wild life in the waters!!

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34 Bonnie June 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I prefer the beach.

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35 DEBIJOT June 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Growing up we always went to the beach every summer.

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36 Sharon Schoepe June 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I liked the beach

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37 kathy stevenson June 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

As a kid, I preferred the waterpark.

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38 Jennifer B June 25, 2013 at 10:44 pm

both! I really loved the beach and the parks

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39 Southern Gal June 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

We grew up taking vacations to the beach every summer. I’m definitely a beach girl!

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40 mrsshukra June 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Actually, neither, indoor person!

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41 LaVonne June 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

I liked the water park!

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42 lizzy June 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

I liked going to the water park!

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43 Livivua Chandler June 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

the water park because there was no beach around for miles

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44 Tamra H June 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I’ve always loved the beach!

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45 Lisa June 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I loved watermarks when I was a kid but rarely got to go..now I’m a beach bum

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46 Crissy D. June 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I love the beach, so much better than a waterpark

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47 D SCHMIDT June 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I always prefer to go to the beach because I am afraid of swimming pools

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48 deanna June 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

fave: beach
xo

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49 Lauren June 26, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I loved the beach as a kid — plus, we didn’t go to waterparks much, but were at the beach nearly every summer weekend! (At the Jersey shore.)

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50 Karla June 27, 2013 at 6:53 am

I’m definitely a beach gal.

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51 Jennifer Marie June 27, 2013 at 7:31 am

I love the beach.

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52 Thomas Murphy June 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I love the beach as a kid and now.

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53 Amanda Sakovitz June 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

the beach was always my favorite

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54 Jessie C. June 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

We prefer beach.

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55 rachel June 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm

The waterpark — I wasn’t a huge fan of sand in my suit.

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56 June Lisle June 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I would have loved to go to either but they weren’t an option when I was a kid.

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57 Lisa June 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

The waterpark. I never even went to the beach until I was 13

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58 Shelley June 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I loved going to the beach (and still do)!

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59 Nataly Carbonell June 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm

always loved going to the beach

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60 Amy Z. June 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I preferred the waterpark!

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61 Garrett D. June 28, 2013 at 4:36 am

When I was a kid, I used to to the beach a lot. And once every year my family would all go to Water Country. So I like both but prefer water parks more.

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62 Jessica T June 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Beach! Love it!

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63 Sandy Klocinski June 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I had neither when I was a kid

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64 Cindy Ray June 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I loved them both and still as an adult love them both

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65 shaunie June 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

i preferred the waterpark , so much more to do

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66 betty June 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

we love the water park

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67 Mary W June 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm

As kids, we enjoyed ponds and lakes. No water parks or beaches were near by.

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68 Susan P. June 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

We were not near a beach and once a year would go visit relatives and swim in a lake.

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69 Bonnie Wilks June 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Hope to win.

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70 Kelly D June 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

I enjoyed the beach the most.

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71 Kristie June 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

I probably preferred the beach as a kid :-)

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72 Barbara Montag June 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

The water park – thank you.

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73 Heather Manu June 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

When I was a kid, the waterpark cause we did not go to the beach

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74 jeff summers June 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hated waterparks….the beach is much better and now as an adult I prefer a quiet morning around sunrise.

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75 April Yedinak June 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm

We never went to any water parks when I was a kid, but I loved going to the beach.

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76 Geoff Codner June 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I preferred going to the waterpark. I still do!

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77 Kate F. June 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I preferred the waterpark.

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78 Wehaf June 30, 2013 at 1:23 am

Both then and now, I preferred the beach!

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79 Ellie W June 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

Neither really, but I would have preferred the beach I think.

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80 allyson becker June 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I preferred the beach, but both are great.

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81 nannypanpan June 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm
82 Annemarie Z. June 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I have and will always love spending time at the beach!

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83 Carmen S June 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I prefer the beach, love the sand!

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84 Tiffany Walker June 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I absolutely loved going to the beach, hands down !

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85 PF Sweepstakes July 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

I like the waterpark, but it’s been ages since I visited one.

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86 Darlene O'Brien July 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

I loved the beach, ocean is awesome!

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87 krysta July 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

I love the beach, but if im going swimming…i prefer the waterpark!

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88 Liz July 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

We never did water parks when I was a kid, so I would say beach. Now, with my own kids, we go to water parks and LOVE them!

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89 Meredith Serrano July 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I liked the waterpark, no sand! But now I love the beach.

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90 kymi a July 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I loved the waterpark all the slides were so awesome, so much to do.

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91 Tammy S July 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I loved spending time at the beach when I was a kid. I still do. :)

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92 Tram Le July 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I prefer spending time at the beach.

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93 liz l July 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I would prefer a day at the beach

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94 Sadie B. July 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I preferred the waterpark.

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95 Debby Chandler July 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

we spent time at the beach because we didn’t have water parks.

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96 Claudia July 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

now and then … the Beach ! Picnics, BBQ’s and less crowded :)

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97 Daniel M July 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

loved the beach

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98 Christine July 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I always enjoyed the beach.
Thanks for the chance!

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99 Laura Jacobson July 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

I always liked the beaches better! We really didnt have any waterparks growing up, just community pools which we did like to go to. :)

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100 Idaho Jill July 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

waterparks – no sand to get everywhere :)

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101 Teresa Thompson July 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I love the beach.

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102 JR Frugalmom July 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

I definitely preferred the beach, and I have many fond memories of our family beach trips.

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103 Claudia July 4, 2013 at 1:57 am

I loved the beach.

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104 Wild Orchid July 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I always preferred the beach.

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105 Melissa Tippie July 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

As a child I prefered spending time at the beach! I spent Easter holiday with family & friends at Atlantic City on the boardwalk for years. I still love the beach as an adult. Thank-you for a GREAT Giveaway.

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106 Jennifer C. July 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Definitely preferred the water park as we never really went to any beaches.

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107 Maggie C July 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

We didn’t do much of either once I got past a certain age but I think waterpark would have been more fun.

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108 Entertainment Park in Delhi May 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

Amazing post, I enjoyed by watching this movie. Water parks and beaches both are really good place for relaxation in summer. Well directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, really I love this movie very much. Thanks for sharing such a nice article through your blog.

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