An on-the-money funny coming of ager set mostly in an amusement park much like the equally enjoyable 2009 film “Adventureland” .
16 year old Liam James, who starred on the tv shows “Psych” and “The Killers” easily holds his own as the awkward outcast against heavyweights Steve Carell , Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph , Annasophia Robb (as his next door love interest) and Robb Corddry.
The laughs don’t come from Steve Carell, who plays the jerk boyfriend of mom Toni Collette. It’s Sam Rockwell who gets to have all the fun and the laughs, as the slacker manager of a local waterpark. Rockwell is one unappreciated actor!!
14 year old
Allison Janney is perfect as their boozy , overbearing mom next door neighbor. But it’s young Liam James who makes this film work. You FEEL his pain. He’s flawless.
This is a sweet, funny perfect anecdote to the mindless summer actioners of late. Writers and first time directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (who also have winning, albeit small roles ) set an unpushy tone that makes this one refreshingly authentic. And it’s blessedly brief: an hour and a half long.