The Way, Way Back has its charms and provided a few, good belly laughs. For me, it was a victim of its own hype. After hearing all about this indie-darling's successes, I expected more. All in all, it's a fine movie and well worth a watch. The performances are good enough. The story is okay. It suffers from having too many characters and (for a movie quite grounded in reality) more than a few questionably believable scenarios. Personally, I've always had a hard time watching people of some privilege struggle with trite problems. The Faxon-Rash team's most recent efforts have taken viewers from the beaches of Hawaii, to the beaches of the Hamptons. The vast majority of America lay in between, and not on a beach. That can make it, at least for me, hard to relate.