Friday, May 2, 2014

Fun Movies You've Maybe Never Seen Before: The Way, Way Back

Steve Carell's BIG, HORRIBLE PERSON HEAD.

 Oh, I reallyreallyREALLY liked this movie.  It's supersweet and funny.  But I must warn you, I teared up several times... so, it will make you a little sad in parts.  And it will make you a little mad in parts, too.  Actually, maybe a lot mad in parts. You will never think of Steve Carell the same way again, because in this movie his character is a HORRIBLE PERSON.  Like, in the first 4 minutes of the movie I wanted to throw the Oreo cookies I was snacking on at the image of his BIG, HORRIBLE PERSON HEAD on my TV.  Even still, like I said, I reallyreallyREALLY liked this movie.  It's a movie about things like choices and kindness and kindred spirits, and it's a quiet reminder that while the world is populated with supercreeps, there are also nonsupercreeps out there.  There's also lots of really awesome cheesy music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  In fact, when exactly the story is supposed to be taking place creates an ambiguous-mishmash-of-decades sort of feeling.  I suspect that's purposeful; that it's a way of saying: "This story takes place in present day.  And it took place in the 90s.  And in the 80s and 70s.  And prolly the caveman days, too." 

Anyways,  Here's a scene with Sam Rockwell and that guy from Community:


2 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I liked this one too!!! It was weird hating Steve, when I'm so used to loving him.

You know who I hated the most though? His mom. I wanted her to be strong for him. I wanted her to be the mom he deserved. The mom who pulled him out of that situation. Steve's character was a tool. But as his mom, it was her job to put an end to it.

Did you know it was cowritten by the bald guy in that scene? He's from Community. I think I read that opening scene actually happened to him.

PuppyLovePrincess said...

@Juju: I know! It was weird hating Steve because he is always FUNNY!

And yes, that mom, that mom! The mom character was like a ghost of a person. She made me really sad. I'm glad the ending car scene made it seem like she was on her way to possibly making braver choices.

I did read that the guy from Community was one of the writers, but I had no idea that opening scene actually happened to him. To think that Steve's character was based on some creep who is real and walking amongst us is just GROSS!