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Plot: A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 26 Jun 2009
The style of Away We Go very much reminded me of a late 1960s/early 1970s film. I kept thinking of Harold and Maude or The Graduate, where the lead characters learn about themselves as their relationships grow and change. There were some characters that were so despicable that they'll make you laugh and cringe at the same time. The disappointments were done in a comedic way so the movie never drags. There were introspective scenes along the journey where I thought a Cat Stevens song would start playing. The main couple travel to various cities to find the perfect place to raise their <more>
daughter and they meet an insane cast of characters along the way. These people remind me of people I've actually met in real life. A lot are parents with the best of intentions but what they are doing is just plain wrong.Maya Rudolph should be in more serious roles. She's an amazing actress. She gives a very genuine performance, no overacting at all. As for John Krasinski, he was very good too as the loving, supportive boyfriend. There's a scene where he kept trying to say the right thing, but it keeps coming out all wrong. I think any couple will be able to relate to it when they see the film.What makes this movie charming and deeper than a lot of romantic comedies is that you already have an established couple that's very much in love. This is usually where a romantic comedies ends, but Away We Go probes the deeper question of what happens after you meet the person of your dreams. Away We Go completely avoids the cliché of boy finds girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again.I thought the music was okay, not the best, but the two men I was with very much enjoyed it.I don't want to give away too much, but if you like a quieter film with a tone like the other movies I mentioned, you will enjoy this. If you're a looking for just a mindless roadtrip, this is not the film for you.***I just read an article that the screenwriters were influenced by early 1970s movies, especially Hal Ashby who directed such classics as Being There and Harold and Maude. That explains why I kept thinking of Cat Stevens. If you go to the FilmInFocus website there's a 6 page interview with the screenwriters.***Also, there's a comment that the film glorifies animal cruelty. The dog races were chosen because it's the saddest place the screenwriters could imagine to do the scene in Arizona. The context in the movie was to show the misery of a place like that, not glorify it at all.
Maya Rudolph earns this movie a 10!!! I have to say though, I'm not surprised at how brilliant she is. Even on SNL she was the queen of understatement. So many good reviews have been written for this film there's not much to add that hasn't already been stated beautifully. I would only offer this one angle I haven't yet read. I took it that part of their journey was to see old faces and places with their new, about-to-be-parents, eyes. They already knew everyone they interacted with in this film. And yet on this road trip, as soon-to-be-parents, it was as though they were <more>
meeting them for the first time. And some of what they encountered was pretty shocking, or funny, or sad, in ways they hadn't picked up on before. This is a very sweet, kooky, funny, and moving story. Maya Rudolph needs to do a lot more of this kind of work. She is BRILLIANT!!! Warning: the formula is a little repetitive... But not to the point of diminishing it's qualities. There's a good reason for this. And the pay off at the end justifies every minute you had to wait for it. See this movie. There are few like it, and few as good.
...Somewhat spoilers... This is simply put one of the most beautiful films i have ever seen. I walked out of this movie with a smile on my face and a heart eager to fall in love as deeply as they did. The film begins with a pregnant couple and ends with a pregnant couple. The couple themselves grow in love while going through vastly different couples way of looking at love and parenting. This film reminded me of why if fell in love with movies in the first place. The movie has a general feel like juno, a few tearjerking moments, and a couple laugh out loud moments, and a ton of touching <more>
moments. When i saw this movie everyone laughed at the right time and everyone cried at the right times. The entire audience loved this movie and so did i. I Highly recommend this movie.
I feel that the film makes a great connection between love and the experience of watching a movie. The end of this film is unbelievably right, given the nature of human experience and its relationship to the ideals that we construct in our heads. This movie captures the essence of both love and art together. We are bound to both love and art by a promise that we are pretty sure will be broken from time to time, just like the promises that the two people in the movie make to each other. But as human beings, we so much want the promise to come true that we will make it again and again. Whenever <more>
I watch a movie, I renew my own type of promise, one that I know will be broken, or at least will never live up to my own expectations. The characters in this movie go through the process of being broken by love mostly through a sort of family and place Odyssey in order to realize that the promises we make to each other can only be broken if we want them to be. We can love each other until we stop believing, and we can bring ourselves to watch a love story that keeps that same promise to the viewer. Sam Mendes has made the only romantic comedy he could ever make as a director: one that respects the viewer as well as the characters.
Just got back from a screening in New York. This movie was great. The music, cinematography, acting, direction, script, etc. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph might seem random, but were actually quite great.Not everyone will like this movie - especially older people they just won't get it - but people ages 16-40 will. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments in this film; however, there are also scenes so heart-breaking that you can't help but cry.All in all, a satisfying film-going experience. Can't wait to see this again.
This is a funny and serious film about starting out as a young couple having a baby outside of a formal marriage, (by gkaldis)
This is a film that starts out with the two characters, played by Krasinski of the Office and Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live, who are living together unmarried in squalor. They are anything but appealing, so do not leave the theater. Sam Mendes proceeds to create a film, that with humor and pathos, has his main characters grow as their escapades matured their future of a life together. There is one scene, which is one of rare real intimacy in a film. A supporting cast of Allison Janney, Jeff Daniels and a wacky Maggie Gyllenhaal add to the humor of an otherwise serious film. The <more>
photography is tight as a TV program, while scenic shots are attempts at fine art with clever angles and reflections.
Successful Detour for Director Mendes (by WriterDave)
Just six months after introducing us to one of the most unlikable and miserable movie couples viewers had ever seen in "Revolutionary Road", director Sam Mendes takes us on a little detour from his usual style/genre and allows us to meet one of the most likable on-screen pairings in recent years with "Away We Go".TV's John Krasinski is the amiable goof-ball and insurance-futures' salesman Burt and SNL alum Maya Rudolph in a quietly revelatory performance built on her gift of perfectly timed facial expressions is his long-time girlfriend Verona who does <more>
illustrations for medical textbooks. Suddenly they find themselves pregnant and searching for a real home in this semi-autobiographical tale from scribes Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. The pair, untethered to their current situations, decide to travel all over North America visiting family and friends so that they might find that perfect spot to lay down roots. Fans of Eggers' books should be pleased that the screenplay is imbued with his popular brand of sharp humor mixed with diluted sentimentality. The tale of these two thirty-somethings trying to do the right thing not only for themselves but for their daughter-to-be is filled with humor and warmth that allows us to relate to both the chaos around the characters and their desire to shield their baby from it.Under Mendes surprisingly laid-back director's hand, the material and the performances rise above the clichés of the "she's having a baby!" sub-genre of dramedies while successfully interweaving elements of "discovering yourself on a road trip" indie flicks. Episodic and sometimes meandering in nature, the film's acts range from laugh-out-loud hilarious including a scene-stealing Allison Janney making a bid for worst mother of the year in grand comedic style to laughably absurd witness Maggie Gyllenhaal as a self-righteous alterna-mom with an unfounded hatred towards strollers to unexpectedly poignant in an unexpected side-trip to Miami to help Burt's brother through a crisis . You won't find any screamingly awful delivery room scenes here, and while there is some semi-crude sexual humor, it's reality-based instead of raunchy and never overshadows the film's heart.As with any Mendes' production, the cinematography this time from Ellen Kuras is artistically sound and serves as the perfect place for Mendes to paint his details. When the director uses a steady tracking shot moving through the passengers on a plane in mid-flight to focus in on the sun's hazy golden light coming through the windows highlighting the faces of our two stars sitting side-by-side, you can see Burt and Verona unified in a yearning pensive loneliness that makes you instantly root for their success. The promise of that scene is wonderfully fulfilled in the closing act the details of which I will not divulge which is probably the most hopeful denouement -- beautifully understated and with minimal dialogue -- you will ever find in a Mendes' film. As with anything in life, even in the most hopeful of atmospheres there is still some uncertainty, but if we're lucky, we'll see the talented Maya Rudolph in more lead roles and Sam Mendes will take time for more pleasant detours such as this.
Director Sam Mendes last movie showed a couple deteriorating right in front of our eyes in "Revolutionary Road", and in a way he makes up for that depressing slog with "Away We Go". The couple here are upstarts, two people with a baby on the way who for the first time find themselves wondering about where they fit in the world and what they'll be like as parents. They're hopeful, but you can see the fear plastered on their face. First time screenwriters and husband and wife Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida waste no time in making them two identifiable people, and in <more>
the way they survey life's odd, complicated, and wonderful little moments, "Go" never fails at being a funny, thoughtful and heartwarming little gem that you'll fall in love with.John Krasinski The Office and Maya Rudolph Saturday Night Live play Burt and Verona, a mid-thirties boyfriend-girlfriend Verona has a marriage issue who get the shock of their lives when Verona gets pregnant. Not only that but any roots they have in their little Connecticut town are about to be uprooted because Burt's parents a funny Jeff Daniels and Catherine O'Hara are moving to Belgium a month before the baby is born. Having no reason to stay where they are, they pack up and take a road trip, stopping anywhere they know they might find a familiar face. Phoenix, Tucson, Madison, Montreal, and Miami are all marked for a trial period as the two try to figure out who and what they would like to raise their family around.It's an odd blend of dealing with life's what-ifs and meeting a variety of broad characters. Allison Janney is the funniest of the broad, playing Verona's former boss Lily, an abrasive alcoholic who enjoys point-blank degrading her children and her crazy, paranoid husband, nicely played by Jim Gaffigan. Maggie Gyllenhaal also shows up later on as Burt's zen-like cousin who takes family closeness to a whole new level, i.e creepy. Mendes balances scenes like these perfectly with the richly written script. A scene between Verona and her sister Carmen Ejogo where the ushering in of new life forces them to confront the death of their parents, and another where Burt's brother Paul Schneider , whose wife has just abandoned him and their young daughter, encourages Burt to think about the strength of his own bond with Verona have a rare power that speaks to the importance of family. There is a point where the interspersing of comedy and drama starts to get old but luckily a third act of genuine lessons and happy mediums lead to some of the movies best scenes.And these are star-making turns from Krasinski and Rudolph. He has a doofy charm that gets a couple good laughs but he also makes Burt a loveably doting and comforting boyfriend there for Verona no matter what. And Rudolph is a big surprise here as she turns in a performance of maturity, vulnerability, and depth. This type of performance is a long way from SNL. They are, for the most part, the straight-men to the quirky characters and are called upon to spend most of the movie's run-time just talking and they gel so well with each other that you really don't even mind. Ellen Kuras' cinematography rolling hills, sunrises, planes moving across glass window panes and Alexi Murdoch's songs only increase the pleasure in this funny and effective indie rom-com.For more reviews, check out Leesmovieinfo.com
Go see Away We Go, do, its got style, humor, and imagination (by inkblot11)
Burt John Krasinski and Verona Maya Rudolph , an unmarried but devoted-to-each-other couple, are expecting a baby girl in three months. They moved near Burt's parents Jeff Daniels and Catherine O'Hara because they wanted to give their child loving relatives in close proximity. Now, however, Burt's mom and dad announce that they are fulfilling a lifelong dream of "moving to Belgium", where they will be for the next two years. Huh. It does not appear that they are thinking of the coming granddaughter, only of themselves. This throws Burt and Verona into a frenzy of <more>
activity, for they want to select another locale to call home, near friends or relatives, and there isn't much time. Over the course of the next few weeks, the young couple travel to Arizona, Wisconsin, Montreal, and Florida in search of a new place to put down roots. Along the way, the pregnant twosome meet up with a bizarre friend Allison Janney , an "adopted cousin" Maggie Gyllenhaal , and other pals and relations. Will they find the perfect place to raise their daughter? After viewing this winning movie, no one can ever say that Sam Mendes does not have a softer side, which, to be honest, was fairly absent in his works such as American Beauty or Revolutionary Road. In fact, although Mendes is still wonderful at showing the idiosyncrasies and flaws in the lives of average Americans, this film's sweetness is its core asset. The cast is great, with Krasinski and Rudolph near perfect as the loving couple, while Janney, Daniels, O'Hara, and all of the lesser known cast members do a great job as well. Gyllenhaal deserves special mention, for she looks sensational and is a scream as the "new age" type mother. Naturally, it is quite beautiful to go from one splendid venue to the next and the costumes are lovely as well, especially Rudolph's maternity wardrobe. As for the script, it is stylish, imaginative, and very funny. If you love exceptional movies that more closely resemble coq au vin than meatloaf in the world of films, here is one definitely for you to savor. .