They're short and squishy or tall and Twinkie-shaped. They're yellow, serious, screaming yellow, and they have excellent toofies. They have one eye or two, one green or one hazel, and they wear goggles, helpful when they fall on their faces. And after reaching civilization, the leaders wear overalls. They're Minions.
Even before the credits, the opening sequence of "Spy" sells the movie as fun, bodacious, Rooster Cogburnian, silly, romantic, and predictable. The last adjective is not a draw-back: it's a staple of summer films, the screen equivalent of the beach book. "Spy" delivers on its promises.
Imagine that! a dog adopting a human for a change. Well, that is just what Jay Ward and his minions did on their breaks from the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show." They imagined a very, very smart dog in charge of the education of a very willing boy.
"The Way Way Back's" opening scene finds fourteen-year-old, dorky Duncan in the farthest back seat of an old-fashioned station wagon, facing backwards, a perfect metaphor for his progress toward happiness. Duncan will have to back in on it, and darn if he doesn't even though his Cape Cod summer vacation looks like a nightmare in the making.