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Overall C

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.

Violence B
Sexual Content C-
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material.

Why is The Way Way Back rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: The Way Way Back is rated PG-13 for for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material.

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable for members of your family. We also encourage you to check our full review and our movie information page.

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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