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The Way Way Back


Jul 19, 2013

Latest Home Video

Oct 22, 2013

MPAA Rating



Nat Faxon, Jim Rash


AnnaSophia Robb
Steve Carell
Toni Collette
Allison Janney


2013 Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: The Way Way Back.

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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.

Content Details

Why Is The Way Way Back Rated PG-13?

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

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The Way Way Back...

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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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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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Coarse Language.
AB PG Coarse Language
MB PG Mature Theme.
ON PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Way Way Back...

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

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