Director(s): Nat Faxon, Jim Rash. Cast: Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet. 103 min. Rated PG-13. Comedy Drama.
Coming-of-age story, by the creators of The Descendants and Little Miss Sunshine (hence, Steve Carell and Toni Collette): the most insecure teenager on the planet goes on a summer trip with his mother and stepfather, and starts believing in himself through the most unexpected friendship with a wacky extroverted water-park manager. The beauty, as in the above-mentioned works, is almost entirely in the dialogue, but Sam Rockwell's delivery of his hilarious wisecracks creates such a memorable and likable character in the manager, a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination shouldn't be a surprise. So pleasant, I didn't want this to end.