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The Way Way Back

Things were tough for Duncan (Liam James) even before his mom (Toni Collette) started dating Trent (Steve Carell). With little hope that a vacation together will improve the situation, Duncan begins what turns out to be a life-changing summer. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: B
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 19 Jul 2013
Video Release: 22 Oct 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Way Way Back Rated PG-13?


Violence: Some characters experience bullying from adults. Brief moments of peril are included. One song includes lyrics about suicide.

Sexual Content: Brief kissing and embracing are shown. Sexual activity is implied. Frequent crude sexual comments and innuendo are included. Characters are seen in low cut clothing or bikinis. A woman talks about her niece’s rape and her own unplanned pregnancy. Adult women dance provocatively with a teen boy. A boy pretends his action figures are “hooking up” in an incestuous relationship. Park employees ogle water park attendees. Crude terms for anatomy are used.

Language: The script contains a strong sexual expletive and crude terms for sexual activity. Profanities, scatological slang, slurs and frequent vulgar terms are also included, along with terms of Deity. A character uses a rude hand gesture.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters frequently drink, including one alcoholic woman who is often portrayed as tipsy. Brief cigar use is shown. Adult characters buy and use illegal drugs.

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