FREDONIA - The funny and poignant coming-of-age story, "The Way, Way Back," is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
From the production team that brought us "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Juno," "The Way, Way Back" is the story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent's daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell), the gregarious manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget.
Colin Covert, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls the film "a nifty blend of humor, heart and drama." Christopher Orr, in The Atlantic, says it "just may be the best movie of the summer." Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says the film "gets it wittily, thrillingly right.
It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh, then breaks your heart." Claudia Puig, in USA Today, says "With its subtle wit, engaging story, topnotch ensemble cast and sparkling dialogue, it's this summer's 'Little Miss Sunshine'."
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material, "The Way, Way Back" runs 103minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members, and $5 for students the night of each screening.
A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The series continues with the action sequel "RED 2," starring Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins and John Malkovich, on Sept. 7 and 10; Woody Allen's critically acclaimed latest film, "Blue Jasmine," on Sept. 21 and 24; and "The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, on Sept. 28 and Oct. 1.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported nonprofit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.