Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids/Family and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.
Release Date: June 5th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Distributors: Focus Features
Directed by: Sam Mendes
JJ Rating: A
Like leaves in the wind couple Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) go from city to city on a personal adventure to find a place for their new home for their on the way baby. They do so because Burt’s parents were moving one month before the baby is to arrive and they were the only reason the couple were even living so close to begin with. Away We Go.
There is an array of actors as well as characters. With great acting great characters emerge. Get the right actors to play the quirky characters and you get characters that no longer are being played but actually exist. From one location to the next Burt and
Every single actor that played the couples in those different cities was fantastic. I totally forgot that they were acting and was just amazed that these types of people (characters) actually exist. Writers tend to pull from their own opinions (of course) as well as experiences they’ve had or have heard of, which means there’s some truth to these wacky characters. That makes the comedy become a little sad if one really thinks about it, because these people in these cities are parents and some of them are creating rotten apples that die on the tree instead of fall close by.
John Krasinksi and Maya Rudolph had great chemistry together. They were like a real couple. They were enjoyable. He said things that were strong and abrasive to other people and she made faces and played along with whatever he decided to do or say. They were endearing because they just wanted to do what was best for their child. One of the better lines in the film was when
There are a lot of great moments in this film and that is why it’s such a pleasant surprise. There’s the airport scene about how big she is. There’s the meeting the crazed family that has far too much closeness with the child. There’s the commitment issues of
Away We Go asks where should one reside and what qualities matter in deciding such? The ending, though predictable, was superb. It takes what one most likely already figured out and displays it in beautifully, calmly and in a touching manner. It is a movie that gives relationships a positive spin and shows that problems can be so insurmountable for one person, but for two people (the real “Dynamic Duo”) the problem can not only be overcome but transformed into an experience that’ll be treasured for a lifetime.