Pete and Brigette Review The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back


Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A film about a young teenage boy who finds solace and new direction on his (dysfunctional) family summer vacation.

Brigette: A 14-year-old boy must endure the summer vacation from hell with his mother, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s daughter.


Pete: Drama

Brigette: Coming of Age/Drama

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Duncan, because he stuck it out.

Brigette: There was not a single character in this film I liked enough to be a favorite.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Trent, because he was such an unlikable character.

Brigette: Trent because he is true to life.

How was the casting?

Pete: Brilliant; everyone was great. I never thought Steve Carell could play a character that I would want to punch in the face.

Brigette: Real departures for some of the actors.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Brigette: It was immediately painful, but I had to watch until the end in the hope that things would turn out right.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “Gary Garcia is dead…get over it!” – Betty

Brigette: Every line that came out of Sam Rockwell’s mouth was gold, but this one was a particular favorite of mine. “Okay, listen up! I need a hero. I’m holdin’ out for a hero until the end of the night. He’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta fresh from the fight. Anybody? Footloose? Bonnie Tyler song? Kevin Bacon drives a tractor in a game of chicken? Nothin’? Wow! How about the remake? Anyone seen the remake?” – Owen

What would you change?

Pete: I’d have the title be a little better explained.

Brigette: I would take out the side story of “romance” between Owen and Caitlin.

How was the soundtrack?

Pete: Excellent. A great mix of uplifting music.

Brigette: It’s the thing that provides the salve for the sting that is this film. You can listen to it for yourself, we’ve added it to Grooveshark.

How was the ending?

Pete: Great, realistic and filled me with hope.

Brigette: Completely unrealistic, but I’m not sure that’s entirely a bad thing.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: There is always someone out there that will understand you.

Brigette: You are not your parents. If you don’t like the decisions they’ve made in their lives, simply learn from that and choose a different path.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Anyone who has ever thought “no one will ever understand me”.

Brigette: Only people who have not suffered through divorce, otherwise it is incredibly painful to re-live watch.

Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty)

Mayflower Brewing’s IPA

Recipe: Clambake

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
The Water Wizz water slides.
the way way back architectural detail

Do you feel that you are very similar to your parents or have you gone a completely different direction?

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