The Ivy Film Festival’s advanced screenings for 2013 kick off tonight with a free showing of The Way Way Back at the Avon tonight at 7 p.m. The film is the directorial debut of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the Oscar-award winning screenwriters of The Descendants, and is due for official release July 5. Fox Searchlight bought distribution for a cool $10 million, which is the most spent on a Sundance film since the studio bought Little Miss Sunshine in 2006.
The movie reunites Sunshine alum Steve Carell and Toni Collette, and also stars Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and Amanda Peet. The plot follows teen Dunan (Liam James) as he deals with summer at his mom’s douchey boyfriend’s beach house. Unsurprisingly, Collette plays the struggling single mom in the relationship with a man who is both cheating on her and hazing her son; very surprisingly, it is Carrell portraying said bad-guy. Sam Rockwell stars as the cool waterpark owner who gives Duncan a secret job and helps with the coming-of-age side of this dysfunctional family comedy. As far as Sundance movies go, this is as summer blockbuster-y as you can get. Plus, this is a good reason to go to the Avon
for the first time — we love free things!