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The Way, Way Back (2013)


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The Way, Way Back (2013)

Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell both have the ability to be really funny and that is why I thought that The Way, Way Back could be hilarious.  If both of those guys are in the same movie together than it is bound to make you laugh right?

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The movie is about Duncan, a timid 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who is dragged along on a summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette), her jerk of a boyfriend (Steve Carell), and her boyfriend’s daughter (Zoe Levin).  In order to escape the awkwardness, Duncan ventures off on his own to a nearby water park where he befriends Owen (Sam Rockwell) the manager, and gets a summer job.

The film was written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.  The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, River Alexander, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash.

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The film did not have a very promising start, and I was worried that it was not going to get any better.  It was a stale dysfunctional drama until Sam Rockwell made his appearance and saved the day, and the movie.  Rockwell turned the film into a “dramedy” and made it worth watching.  The film literally went from awful to entertaining as if Rockwell had just flipped a switch.

Unfortunately, Carell’s character was not funny at all.  Carell is usually pretty excellent when he is in a comedic role, but when his character is all drama, he is hardly likable.

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The movie was a good story of how uncomfortable life can be sometimes with a divorced parent who is dating again.  Maybe being a child of divorced parents myself, I related to the movie a little bit more than others might.  When you are a kid who is stuck dealing with a boyfriend or girlfriend of one of your parents whom you just don’t like or get along with, it is nice to be able to escape with your friends for support.  I was fortunate enough to be able to do that many times during my childhood.  That is what this movie is about and that is what this movie does a good job depicting.

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It’s not the funniest movie in the world and it’s not the greatest, but it is a touching story that should make you laugh.

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

If you liked The Way, Way Back, then you will most likely enjoy:

The Big Wedding (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

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Identity Thief (2013)


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Identity Thief (2013)

I cannot begin to comprehend how frustrating it would be if somebody stole my identity, my money, ruined my credit, and straight up destroyed my good name.  I cannot fathom how angry and upset I would be.  Besides wanting to physically hurt that person, I would probably want to do anything and everything in my power to get my identity back and my life back to normal.

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Identity Thief is about an upstanding citizen and hardworking father named Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) who gets his identity stolen by a woman (Melissa McCarthy).  She systematically destroys his life while running around town having fun on his dime.  In order to try to fix the harm that she has caused, Sandy decides to travel across the country to track her down and bring her to justice; a task that proves much more difficult than he anticipated.

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The movie was directed by Seth Gordon and written by Craig Mazin and Jerry Eeten.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Robert Patrick, John Cho, Jonathan Banks, Genesis Rodriguez, and T.I.

I thought that this film was going to be funnier.  Don’t get me wrong, it had its moments of hilarity, but it just wasn’t as funny as it looked.  However, it is still above average and funnier than a lot of comedies out there these days.

Identity Thief

A number of events in the movie were a little too convenient and predictable.  Given that it is in fact a movie, some of that is to be expected.  However, when convenient things happen too often in movies, it tends to take away from the suspension of disbelief.  When things are less believable, they are also less enjoyable.  Identity Thief seemed to try a little bit too hard at times and as a result, the film was not as humorous as it otherwise could have been.

Bateman and McCarthy played their characters perfectly.  He was a decent, easy going, stand up guy.  She pulled off being not nearly as innocent as she looked.  The two contrasted very well and the end result was a good amount of uncontrollable laughter.

Identity Thief Bateman Chasing McCarthy

Peet seemed to simply show up for the money.  Her role was not major, but it seemed like she just read her lines without much effort at all.

At times the humor fell short, but I fault the writers for this.  A couple of raunchy scenes were way over-the-top and seemed unnecessary.  It felt like they were part of the movie simply for the shock value.  Instead of those scenes being shocking or funny, they just came off as being cheap and stupid.

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Overall Identity Thief is worth seeing and good for a number of laughs.

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

If you enjoyed Identity Thief, then you will probably like Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Due Date (2010) even better.

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The Way, Way Back (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)

A dysfunctional “dramedy” that takes place over summer break.

This movie looks appealing to me because it’s a comedy with Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell.  I am a big fan of both of those actors and I think it will be funny to see them both in the same movie together.

The rest of the cast includes AnnaSophia Robb, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry, Jim Rash, Liam James, and Nat Faxon.

The film is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

I’m not sure that I’ll rush out to the theatre to see this one, but it definitely looks like it would be worth renting at least.

The film is set to release on 7/5/13.