Sundance: Jim Rash turns pain into comedy in ‘The Way, Way Back’
Published: January 22, 2013 07:56AM
Updated: January 22, 2013 08:38AM
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Jim Rash, left, and Nat Faxon, co-writers and co-directors of "The Way, Way Back," are interviewed at the premiere of the film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“The Way, Way Back” opens with a painful scene. A 14-year-old boy is asked by his mother’s boyfriend to rate himself on a scale of 1-10. He says six; his prospective stepfather rates him a three.

And the scene was autobiographical for co-writer/co-director Jim Rash (“Community”).

“It happened to me,” Rash said. “I was asked by my stepfather at the time. I thought that a hunble answer would be six.

“I was wrong.”

Well, he turned it into a movie.

“And I’m proud to say I’m a 4.5,” Rash said.

Scott D. Pierce