Tag: Nat Faxon

  • The Way, Way Back Directors on Thinking You’re a Six but Hearing You’re a Three

    Nat Faxon and Jim Rash didn’t set out to make a comedy about divorce. Eight years ago, when the improv-comedians-turned-actors-turned-Oscar-winning-screenwriters started writing a coming-of-age script based on a particularly upsetting moment from Rash’s childhood, they just wanted a happy ending. Yet almost all of the characters in The Way, Way Back, their directing debut, have […]

  • The Way, Way Back Offers a Sugar High, but Not Much More

    The Way, Way Back is a crowd-pleasing summer treat, predictable in its sweetness but satisfying all the same. It’s like the multinationally branded ice cream sandwich you get on any pier in the Western Hemisphere—market-tested to appeal to as many people as possible (but you don’t mind gobbling up). Though the script includes bits and […]

  • Stacie Passon’s Superb Concussion Is Why We Have a Sundance in the First Place

    Sometimes, one film in a festival lineup can help to reveal another in sharper relief. To wit, one of the loveliest entries in Sundance 2013’s U.S. Dramatic Competition, James Ponsoldt’s deeply felt coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now, looked even better after the premiere of The Way Way Back, a deeply insincere coming-of-age comedy from writer-directors […]