20 July 2013
Way Way Entertaining
This is that movie. Parents divorcing, the boy gets dragged along on a summer vacation away from his familiar setting, to what one of the other characters described as “Spring Break for Adults”, a New England beach town. It didn’t help that they were going to the summer place of his mother’s new boyfriend, played like a total dick by Steve Carell.
One little thing that I will have to learn to get past is my identification of Toni Collette with her “United States of Tara” character. I kept expecting her personality to change, especially during moments of stress! I know that’s not fair, but it will only wear off after I get to see her in more and varied roles. In this role, I don’t particularly like her character until she finally sides with her son.
Sam Rockwell’s character, owner of the waterpark, is a smooth operator and probably sees his own awkward youth in our teen. Or he sees any number of awkward teens who frequent his waterpark day in and day out through the summer. Whatever his motivation, he makes a place for our teen to be a part of something, and you can see the positive effect on him. More confident, even happier, he’s almost able to talk to the neighbour girl in a way that stimulates her to continue the conversation. But, like I said, it is always a joy to watch an outcast find his place and blossom.