Looking for a Friday night movie that'll give you chills without all the noise? Forget The Purge or World War Z. See The Way, Way Back instead. Maybe you have to be a parent for this drama to keep you on the edge of your seat. But The Way, Way Back is the quietly satisfying story of a teenage boy struggling through a miserable, angst-ridden summer with his newly-divorced mom at her boyfriend's beach house.
We meet 14-year-old Duncan in the rear-facing back seat of a station wagon, hence the name of the movie. Duncan pretty much sits in the back seat of life as well, though because this is a coming-of-age movie you know that will change. It's a relief when Duncan finally starts coming alive. But before that happens, we have to endure his mother's boyfriend, Trent.