The Way Way Back parents guide

The Way Way Back

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.

Release date July 19, 2013

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

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

Run Time: 104 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Way Way Back rated PG-13? The Way Way Back is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material.

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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The Way Way Back
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Coarse Language
Manitoba PG Mature Theme.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "The Way Way Back"

Cast and Crew

The Way Way Back is directed by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and stars AnnaSophia Robb, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Way Way Back movie is October 22, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Way Way Back

Release Date: 22 October 2013

The Way Way Back releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy) with the following extras:

- Behind the Scenes: Tour of the Water Park

- Filmmakers: Jim & Nat

- Ensemble Featurettes

- Deleted scenes

- More laughs with the hilarious cast & filmmakers in the Making of The Way, Way Back

Related home video titles:

Steve Carell plays a much nobler father figure in Dan In Real Life. Sam Rockwell can also be seen in Everybody’s Fine and Galaxy Quest. And a younger AnnaSophia Robb stars in Because Of Winn Dixie and Bridge to Terabithia.

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