How many of you have an embarrassing memory etched into your brains from when your parents mortified you as a teenager? You know the ones I’m talking about, when you’d love to climb under the floor, or rewind and erase it from existence? Watching the trailer from the upcoming film, “The Way Way Back“, got me thinking about some of the mortifying moments of my childhood.
Even as I’m writing this, I’m almost too embarrassed to share, although I’m fully aware most of you can relate, and either have similar experiences, or ones that make mine seem minor. Where do I start?
There was the time I had a sleepover with a few of my closest friends, and I guess my Dad forgot, because he came strolling through the den that morning in his tidy whities, on his way to the kitchen! Of course, after a few steps, he realized and retraced his steps, in record time. Guess I should connect with those friends on Facebook, and see if any of them required therapy.
Then there was the time Dad was driving some of my friends up to the skating rink, he decided to roll down the windows, crank up the radio, and attempt to dance. Where were smartphones with video cameras and YouTube when this happened? Uh…wait, make that thank goodness no one had a smartphone to capture that moment.
Mom also was guilty of numerous, “did you really just do/say that moments” too. I’m not even sure if she was aware how many times she would fix my hair, or try and clean something invisible to everyone but her, off of my face. (of course it was always with a wet finger) And if she were alive today, I’d probably sit down with her and our photo albums and conduct an intensive interrogation: (A) what were you thinking when you dressed me in this for school photos, and (B) why on earth did you allow me to wear that? Example above, why on earth is my brother wearing black socks and high tops, and why are my shorts so baggy?
“The Way, Way Back” is the touching, coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her obnoxious boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Duncan is an awkward teenager, trying to figure out where he fits in, when he meets Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Owen takes Duncan under his wing, and brings some fun and adventure into his vacation.
Check out this funny clip of “The Way, Way Back”, and see if you can relate?
You can catch Dylan’s summer vacation when “The Way, Way Back” opens in theaters July 5, 2013.