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‘The Way Way Back’ is Serious Yet Funny (Movie Review)

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The Way Way Back is a comedic drama about a 14-year old boy named Duncan who, together with his mother Pam, his mom’s boyfriend Trent and Steph, Trent’s daughter, spends his summer in a small seaside town. The first impression one gets of Duncan is that of a shy, introverted teen with emotional issues towards his mom and especially her boyfriend.

The story starts off with the scene in the car on the way to the beach house. In this scene, Trent asked Duncan about a rather sensitive subject that affected him for the entire trip. Duncan, with the hopes of keeping distance with the rest, found a bike that enabled him to wander around the area, eventually meeting at a pizza joint a strange and outgoing man — Owen — playing Pac-Man. The two surprisingly hit it off, resulting in Duncan landing a job at the town’s waterpark. Over the course of the vacation, Duncan’s friendship with Owen ignited his personality and changed the way he dealt with people — he became more extroverted. Unfortunately, a huge conflict arose between Pam and Trent that forced the family to go back to the city, leaving all of Duncan’s memories and new-found friends behind.

The film stars Liam James as Duncan, alongside with Steve Carrell (Trent), Toni Collette (Pam) and Sam Rockwell (Owen). Other actors include AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolf and Rob Corrdry. The casting fit the character specifications very well, particularly that of the main character, Duncan, who is portrayed very convincingly as an awkward teen, and Owen, the happy-go-lucky and comical manager of the waterpark. In light of such big-name actors as Carrell and Robb (see plays Susanna, Duncan’s love interest) in the lineup, the attention hardly strays from Duncan.

But that’s not to downplay Carrell’s performance. In a move away from his usual comedic roles, he was superb as the emotionally abusive and cheating bastard Trent, making the character almost intolerable. It was Rockwell that brought much of the laughter to the movie, and he did so wonderfully.

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Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s directorial debut with this film was a success as the movie received great reviews from the press. Although not individually nominated for their direction, the movie itself garnered a series of nominations from various film associations such as the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, St. Louis Film Gateway Association and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

Overall, this comedic drama is a very relatable story about family life and the struggle of an average, albeit awkward, teen. There isn’t really a happy ending, but it is delightful and definitely worth seeing, especially if you are looking for a break from the onslaught of action and sci-fi movies heading out way this year. It’s a movie well within the realm of reality.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Toyota Celebrates Back to the Future Day, Recreates Marty McFly’s Truck

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October 21, 2015, was the day visited by Back to the Future Part II, and to pay homage, Toyota recreated Marty McFly’s famous truck from the classic movie.

When people think Back to the Future, the first thing that usually comes to mind is Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean. Now, while Marty’s 1985 Toyota pickup is by no means the car star of the franchise, it too enjoyed a level of notoriety that has made it nearly as timeless as the DeLorean.

Toyota’s recreated dream truck is 2016 Tacoma with quite a few extra bits that mimic the look of Marty’s ride. Key highlights include vintage headlight and taillight designs, custom 1985 Toyota truck paint, KC HiLites auxiliary lights, an off-road suspension, TRD wheels, and a custom tailgate featuring the “TOYOTA” logo.

Front and rear tubular bumpers, a custom light bar and vintage 1985 Toyota truck mud flaps round out its spiffy design.

As cool as Marty McFly’s recreated, 1985-inspired Toyota Tacoma is, it will likely never be made, and no amount of time traveling or wishful thinking is going to change that. Sorry, Back to the Future fans.

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Ernie Hudson Will Be In New Ghostbusters

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Ernie Hudson, one of the stars of the original Ghostbusters, will make an appearance in the new Ghostbusters movie, which has completed filming.

Hudson played Winston Zeddemore in the 1980s films and previously expressed concern over the idea of having an all-female cast:

“I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.”

Do you share those sentiments?

Hudson has since changed his mind, telling THR that the four actresses involved were “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts,” and “phenomenal!”

Staring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the new Ghostbusters movie releases in July 22nd, 2016, and will also see Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd make appearances.

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New Ghostbusters Movie is a Total Reboot With Funny Women

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Director Paul Feig has shared some details about his plans for the new Ghostbusters movie. Not only will the film be a total reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, but it will also star very funny women.

Speaking with EW, Feig — the director of The Head and Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids — revealed that the new Ghostbusters movie will not be a follow-up to the original 1980s film, but rather a reboot featuring women as the titular ghost-fighting heroes. He has in fact enlisted The Heat‘s writer, Katie Dippold, to write the script with him.

With regard to how he is approaching the new Ghostbusters, Feig told EW:

“I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again?”

“I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today… Everything is up for grabs right now.”

For those wondering if the new Ghostbusters movie will take place in a totally different world, it will have a modern setting with modern technology and social references:

“I look at this the same way a superhero movie launches where it’s always fun to see, like, what are they going to do with the costumes this time? What are they going to do with the hardware this time? It’s not going to be, here is the exact same stuff. It’s also not going to go, screw you if you like that stuff, it’s all completely different. We’re going to have fun with it, but again, bring it into our time period.”

And then there is the whole “issue” of the original Ghostbusters being recasted as female characters…Feig is apparently baffled that such a notion is even a talking point:

“I really cannot believe we’re still having this conversation,” says the director. “Some people accused it of kind of being a gimmick and it’s like, it would be a gimmick if I wasn’t somebody whose brain doesn’t automatically go to like, ‘I want to just do more stuff with women. I just find funny women so great. For me it’s just more of a no-brainer. I just go, ‘what would make me excited to do it?’ I go, ‘four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun.’ I want to see that dynamic.”

What do you think about the direction Paul Feig is taking the Ghostbusters franchise? Does the new Ghostbusters movie sound interesting? Let us know in the comments below.

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