Way way before the precipice of adulthood are teenage years of angst and bewilderment. But mostly wandering looking for meaning and significance. And once in a while you come across a film that helps connect you t this giant rock on which we float. A film that helps you connect to others and helps others connect to you. One such glorious gem is the coming-of-age film The Way Way Back. One of the best films of 2013, it was written and directed by the talented duo of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, both won an Academy Award for writing The Descendants. The Way Way Back premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and with a brilliant cast including Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph, this film won the hearts and minds of critics and fans alike.
Without giving any spoilers, I can only tell you that this film is a nostalgic punch to the gut, particularly the heart, but in the best way imaginable. This film jumpstarts your heart and you instantly love the characters and they are misfits no more but endearing and delightful people who care more than most. Suffice it to say it is more of a growing experience than a viewing experience. Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have written a real, irregular, and multidimensional story with depth and understanding. The Way Way Back is relatable to every age group and reflects the desire shared by all humanity: the need to be accepted, loved, and valued. This film is much like making a new best friend: awkward, nerve-wracking, scary, delightful, and consistently rewarding and gratifying. So while it rains outside put The Way Way Back on and make not one but a bunch of new best friends.