The Way Way Back movie #ad #Giveaway

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.


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.

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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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  1. Terra Heck says

    I prefer the water park. I like the different water rides. Thanks.

  2. Anne Lehnick says

    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.

  3. says

    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.)

  4. Garrett D. says

    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.

  5. jeff summers says

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

  6. Liz says

    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!

  7. Laura Jacobson says

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

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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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