Jim Rash and Nat Faxon happy to be ‘Back’

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Oscar winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (above, from left) came around Sunday for a cast and crew screening of “The Way, Way Back” at the Patriot Cinemas in Hanover, where they were joined by cast member Steve Carell and producer Kevin Walsh, both Boston natives. They celebrated afterward at a private residence in Duxbury.

Rash and Faxon — who earned a best adapted screenplay nod for “The Descendants” in 2011 — wrote, directed, and played minor roles in their new dramedy, which they shot last summer on the South Shore. The cast includes Golden Globe winner Toni Collette, Emmy winner Allison Janney, and Liam James, who plays the 14-year-old lead.

Monday evening, Rash and Faxon hosted a Q&A after an early screening at Kendall Square Cinema. “It really is wonderful to be back here,” said Faxon. “I grew up on the North Shore, so this is coming home to me. This is a pure delight.”


The filmmakers shot on the South Shore because they wanted Carell, and he was staying there with his family and in-laws at the time, according to Rash. But they came to appreciate their decision for other reasons.

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“Marshfield and Green Harbor were so incredibly nice,” said Faxon. “They really just embraced the whole thing, let us into their homes, donated things to the movie.” He said Water Wizz (the water park where much of the film takes place) was “incredibly warm.”

“You mean hot,” Rash interjected.

The film opens Friday at AMC Boston Common and Kendall Square Cinema.