Nat Faxon and Jim Rash earned Oscars (along with Alexander Payne) for adapting the novel The Descendants
. The duo's directorial debut, the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Way, Way Back
, is an original, but it feels like it's based on a very good young-adult novel.
The movie stars Liam James as Duncan, a withdrawn 14-year-old forced to visit the summer beach house belonging to Trent (Steve Carell), the current boyfriend of his recently divorced mother Pam (Toni Collette). Trent and Duncan don't get along at all, so the teen explores the seaside town he's stuck in and discovers a water park run by Owen (Sam Rockwell), a charming, roguish dude who ap...