The Way, Way Back marks the first directorial work by the writers of The Descendants and Little Miss Sunshine. The duo, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, deliver a simple and little innovative but at the same time contagious and sensitive work. The theme of the consequences of parents’ attitudes in the lives of their children is something already beaten in the seventh art, but a subject so close to the spectator never tires and it is of this merit that The Summer of My Life is taken advantage of, being another good work on the Maturation of a young adolescent with low esteem and relationship difficulties.

In the plot we accompany Duncam, a boy who suffers the consequences of the separation of the parents and needs to live with Trent, new boyfriend of its mother. The relationship of the pair is terrible and the idea of ​​spending the summer in his beach house is for the boy simply disheartening. It is in an attempt to escape from this adverse situation that the boy finds a job at a local water park and ends up meeting people who help him gain confidence to face his personal and family problems.

The screenplay by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who have already won the Oscars for their work on The Descendants, does not show great innovations and maintains a simple and stereotyped path. This could be an extremely negative argument about production, but it becomes a strong point because the responsible ones know how to take advantage of the situation and bet on an extremely realistic comedy that avoids falling into an unnecessary novel or for unforeseen surpasses. The proposal is to present the routine of ordinary people and this is a universe that allows cliches, the changes of the characters being subtle and guided by the likelihood of the presented environment.

Another positive aspect of production is performance. The young Liam James does a very interesting job and manages to show who watches all the insecurities and discoveries of the protagonist. Steve Carrell (Hope Springs, Despicable Me), once again fleeing from the kind of role he has in common, delivers competently a character full of himself and extremely disgusting, being the “antagonist” necessary for the plot. Toni Collette (Hitchcock), who plays the mother of Duncam, delivers a reasonable performance, which does not excite, but does not compromise. The viewer feels neither dislike nor empathy for his character. Despite praising the cast’s work, the highlight is even with Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths), who makes the typical sloppy character but replete with charisma and interesting teachings. It is practically impossible not to connect with his story and not hope that his friendship and Duncam grow more and more. You can say that Sam Rockwell is responsible for the best moments of The Summer of My Life.

Faced with these arguments it is determined that The Summer of My Life is one of those films that will attract attention, it will be well commented, but soon will be forgotten. Well worth as much as entertainment and fun and serves for thought. Many viewers will identify and feel the nostalgia of being a teenager again.

Categories: 2013, Comedy, Drama, Movie, Review

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