Although The Way, Way Back's story and characters are robust, and not to mention creatively cast, there are drawbacks that can only be pinned on first time directors, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. I left questioning how such an incredible cast could’ve resulted in such overacting. Though, in fairness, some of the character development could’ve demanded it. The only performance I found spot on was Sam Rockwell's lackadaisical, Owen. It was achieved as though he approached the role… well, lackadaisically. Also, the ability to make you despise Steve Carell in only 103 minutes, is commendable too.
The Way, Way Back is not a flop. As mentioned, the content is there and unfortunately, it’s content that too many can relate to. You should see it if you enjoy coming-of-age stories that tug at the heartstrings. And I do have hopes for Faxon and Rash. I can’t wait for them to come of age too.