The Way Way Back

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The Way Way Back is a 2013 film about a shy 14-year-old who goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, he finds an unexpected friend in the manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Directed and written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
We've All Been There.


  • Don't die wondering, man.


  • [to Duncan] You've got to go your own way, and you, my friend, are going your own way.
  • It's called delegation, baby. I read about it in a book about it.
  • [to Duncan, later repeated verbatim by Duncan to Susanna] Water Wizz Waterpark. Built in the summer of '83, it's the last bastion of everything that period stood for. In fact, it was decreed by its creator that this place shall never age. On his deathbed, he said "I don't want this place re-painted or updated I don't even want it brought up to code. And the minute somebody tries, it needs to be destroyed."


Trent: Duncan! On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think you are?
Duncan: A 6!
Trent: I think you're a 3. Since I've been dating your mom, I don't see you putting yourself out there bud! You could try getting that score up at my beach house this summer.

Betty: So how was your winter? Because our year was a challenge. My niece was raped in October.
Pam: Oh my God!
Betty: I know. Not even food courts are safe.

Betty: Oh, Steph, don't you look cute. [smacking her bottom] That's exactly the kind of suit that got me pregnant the first time.
Steph: That's what I'm hoping for.
Trent: Hey.

Susanna: So. You're a big fan of REO Speedwagon?
Duncan: What?
Susanna: Can't Fight This Feeling?
Duncan: Oh, no. My mom must have put that on there.
Susanna: Oh. And you just got to it and thought "What the hell? I'm going to sing the shit out of it anyway."

Owen: I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
Duncan: What?
Owen: Yeah. You're going to have to take off. We're getting complaints. You're having way too much fun. It's making everyone uncomfortable.
Duncan: Okay. [he gets up to leave]
Owen: Hey. Hey. Whoa. Whoa. I'm just kidding. Wow! That wasn't even my best stuff.

Owen: Seriously, when's the last time you bought jeans?
Duncan: My mom buys my jeans.
Owen: Good. Always take things literally. How's that working out for you? Does that get you laid?

Duncan: How long have you been working there?
Owen: Oh, the park? Um, I've always been there. Ever since I was a small Cambodian child. Of course, that was after 'Nam. I was in the shit. Then I joined the circus to become a clown fighter. I know about 46 ways to kill a clown. I hate clowns. I'm kidding, except for the part where I really do hate them.

Owen: You disappoint me, kid. You're late. You planning on making a habit of this?
Duncan: What?
Owen: You're fired!
Duncan: But I just...
Owen: [sticks out his hand] You make a valid point. Welcome back. With benefits.

Duncan: How's the battle going?
Peter: [Playing with Star Wars action figures] Luke and Leia are hooking up.
Duncan: You know they're brother and sister, right?
Peter: Yeah.
Duncan: Cool.

Susanna: So, where is it you go?
Duncan: Go where?
Susanna: On your sexy pink cruiser?
Duncan: Nowhere.
Susanna: Oh. I see.
Duncan: No I...I just....
Susanna: It's okay. Let it be yours.

Duncan: My mom's boyfriend called me a 3! Who says that to somebody?
Owen: That's about him, that's got nothing to do with you.
Duncan: How do you know?
Owen: Because I know.

Duncan: I wish I could stay here forever.
Owen: You're going to love the winters. They're pretty spectacular. Painting houses until it gets too cold, bar backing at some dive, talking to inanimate objects.


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