Away We Go

Directed By: Sam Mendes Starring: John Krasinski Maya Rudolph

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on 3/8/2013

I truly enjoyed this movie. I thought it had a really good message. It only had one problem, which is the language. I don't usually care about such things, but a friend was over to watch it with me and she was offended. Truly the language was not necessary to the movie & I think this is a shame. however, this was a good movie. Read More

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Product Overview

A funny, romantic, honest and suprisingly moving film that explores the comedic twists and emotional turns in one expectant couple's journey to find the perfect place to put down roots.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 211827654
UPC 025195050135
UPC 14 00025195050135
Format DVD
Release Date 9/29/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Couples
Live-Action
Love Story
Parenthood
Parents
Road Trips
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY) may invoke plenty of indie-comedy tropes in this comic venture, but AWAY WE GO is a tender, sweet, and surprisingly funny addition to the genre. Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) is six months pregnant, but she and her boyfriend, Burt Farlander (John Krasinski, THE OFFICE), aren?t tied down to their current house in Colorado. A sense of adventure and the desire to find a place to call home propels the couple across North America, stopping in Arizona, Wisconsin, Montreal, and Miami, where they learn the how-to's (and how-not-to's) of parenting from friends and family. ^The episodic nature of the film allows a variety of talented actors to appear briefly, including Catherine O?Hara and Jeff Daniels as Burt?s flighty parents, Allison Janney as an inappropriate ex-coworker of Verona?s, and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Josh Hamilton as pretentious hippie parents. But the film rests firmly on the capable shoulders of its lead actors; though Rudolph and Krasinski are best known for their TV work, AWAY WE GO allows both performers to shine in ways audiences haven?t seen before. There?s a comfortable chemistry between them, earning authenticity from their strong performances and a good script from real-life spouses Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Mendes--who has previously stuck to dramas such as REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and JARHEAD--makes a nice transition to comedy that should appeal to fans of films like GARDEN STATE and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Celebrated cinematographer Ellen Kuras (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) lends a lovely, earthy look to the film, while indie singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch provides a soundtrack that underscores the film?s sweet sincerity.
Reviews
Film Comment "Krasinski's 'baby stroller blow-up' is acted with genuine anarchic spirit, and Rudolph gets a nice monologue under an orange tree toward the film's end." 05/01/2009
Hollywood Reporter "[The] production values have a nice, grassroots texture, including Ellen Kuras' cinematography and John Dunn's costume design..." 05/22/2009
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Rudolph] gives a wonderful turn that is certainly the best work of her career." 06/01/2009
Movieline "Krasinski and Rudolph do their honest best to play it like a shabbier, less symmetrical Wes Anderson. Naturally Mendes gives them just the right, tasteful music cues to really emphasize the sweetness of it all." 06/01/2009
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are one of the most appealing and believable screen couples to star in a romantic comedy. Not only do they project chemistry, but they adeptly switch between broad comedy and poignancy, sometimes in the same scene." 06/05/2009
A.V. Club "[A] disarming road comedy about parents-to-be looking for a place to call home....Working from a bright, keenly observed script by married authors Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, director Sam Mendes embarks on a picaresque journey across North America..." -- Grade: B 06/04/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Burt and Verona are two characters rarely seen in the movies: thirtysomething, educated, healthy, self-employed, gentle, thoughtful, whimsical, not neurotic and really truly in love." 06/10/2009
Washington Post "[The film] feels like a respite from the false happily-ever-afters of most mainstream movies....The appeal of AWAY WE GO is heightened by its two stars..." 06/12/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- ?The screenplay by married novelists Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida is sweary, funny and heartbreakingly tender. It?s also lit up by terrific performances.? 10/01/2009
Entertainment Weekly "[A] sweet and touching look at a young unmarried couple defiantly trying to put down roots before their child is born." -- Grade: A- 10/02/2009
Directors
Sam Mendes
Actors
John Krasinski
Maya Rudolph
Cast & Crew
Allison Janney - Star
Jim Gaffigan - Star
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Star
Josh Hamilton - Star
Chris Messina - Star
Melanie Lynskey - Star
Paul Schneider - Star
Jeff Daniels - Star
Catherine O'Hara - Star
John Krasinski - Star
Maya Rudolph - Star
Dave Eggers - Screenwriter
Vendela Vida - Screenwriter
Edward Saxon - Producer
Marc Turtletaub - Producer
Peter Saraf - Producer
Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda - Executive Producer
Pippa Harris - Executive Producer
Ellen Kuras - Director of Photography
Alexi Murdoch - Composer
Randall Poster - Music Supervisor
Sarah Flack - Editor
Sam Mendes - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00025195050135
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Burt and Verona are two characters rarely seen in the movies: thirtysomething, educated, healthy, self-employed, gentle, thoughtful, whimsical, not neurotic and really truly in love. Their great concern is finding the best place and way to raise their child, who is a bun still in the oven. For every character like this I've seen in the last 12 months, I've seen 20, maybe 30, mass murderers...The almost perfect relationship of the unmarried Verona and Burt seems to survive inside a bubble of their own devising, and since they can blow that bubble anywhere, they of course find the perfect home for it, in a scene of uncommon sunniness. They have been described as implausibly ideal, but you know what? So are their authors, Eggers and Vida. They are thirtysomethings. With two children. Novelists and essayists. He publishes McSweeney's, she edits the Believer...I submit that Eggers and Vida are admirable people. If their characters find they are superior to many people, well, maybe they are. "This movie does not like you," sniffs Tony Scott of the New York Times. Perhaps with good reason.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Claudia Puig, USA Today A movie with memorable and engaging performances.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...absolutely extraordinary

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