"The Way Way Back" Filmed In Marshfield, Wareham...
Hollywood came to our area recently as The Office star Steve Carell set his new teen movie The Way Way Back in both Marshfield and Wareham.
The movie is a heart-tugger period piece about, you guessed it, an awkward boy (Liam James) coming of age. I suppose it's like The Summer Of '42, but set in 1980s Marsh Vegas. It opens this Friday, July 5th.
The film's protagonist (it isn't Carell, although Steve holds all the star power in this movie.... Sam Rockwell or Allison Janney are a distant second in swagger) is a shy kid who summers with Mom, Stepdad and Stepsister on Bay Road in the Marshfield village of Green Harbor. If the ocean is on the left of the screen, you should be able to see my house on Duxbury Beach by squinting really hard at the screen... while holding a magnifying glass.
Because it's Hollywood, said protagonist is able to bike from Green Harbor (GH is the literal heart and soul of the Irish Riviera, I might add... and, if God is good, they worked GH's famous Ranch House into the film somehow) to work at Wareham's now-iconic Water Wizz theme park.,There, he gets mentored, and I would imagine eventually cows the family and picks up the little heartbreaker for a quick smooch just before Labor Day. If said heartbreaker is French and lives down the beach in Duxbury, I'm suing.
Water Wizz is getting sort of a big head these days. It wasn't too long ago that Adam Sandler filmed much of Grown Ups there. Carell is hoping for some associative magic, as Grown Ups made $271 million. Big Ups to the Massachusetts Film Office, who keep steering films into our area. It's ching-ching all around when a movie films in your town, and especially if they fixate on your home or business. I'm told that Captain Al's Tiki Lounge in Wareham picked up $5-10k when Grown Ups filmed there for about 5 hours..
Steve Carell is one of those celebrities who end up living in your town somehow. Carell is from Acton, summered in Vegas, and became enchanted with the area. He bought, restored and helps operate the Marshfield Hills General Store, and now he bases one of his films in Green Hahbah. From what I hear, he plans to retire to his general store and spend his final days as a shopkeeper.
Local celebs are a lot of fun, and make for great bragging rights arguments among the locals at various taverns. Vegas already boasts Steven Tyler, and could brag on Babe Ruth as a local back in the day. Duxbury tries to match Vegas with Joe Perry, Truman Capote, Julianna Hatfield, a Farrelly brother and one of those Jordan's Furniture brothers. We almost had Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford once.
Cape Cod trumps all, however....the Kennedys, Mailer, Belushi's corpse, Thoreau, Forbes, Belichick, JT/Carly, Cronkite, Ahab, Quint, vacationing Presidents galore.... even if you throw in every Pilgrim and Wampanoag ever, Plymouth County can't match Cape Cod. Just the celebrities from the Cape who I'm forgetting trump Plymouth County, as would the Vineyard by herself if we set them to fighting.
Anyhow, The Way Way Back, which is getting generally positive reviews, opens this Friday at a theater near you.