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Away We Go (2009)

Director: Sam Mendes     Starring: John Krasinski Maya Rudolph
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Format: DVD
Sku: 211827654
UPC: 025195050135
UPC 14: 00025195050135
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"A movie with memorable and engaging performances.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...absolutely extraordinary  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/22/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 98 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00025195050135
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Away We Go - DVD Review
By: Chris Cabin filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 9/18/2009 5:43 PM
The fifth film by British theater director Sam Mendes, Away We Go, is the most unkempt movie the director has made so far in his career. It was made while he was still in post-production for last year's excellent adaptation of Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, a film that was dependent on its form and staginess, and there's a sense that Away was made as a sort of counterpoint not only to the familial dread of Road but also to its style. It is also the screenwriting debut of the wildly post-modern novelist Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida, novelist and co-founder of literary zine The Believer....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Allison Janney
Video Cast Info Jim Gaffigan
Video Cast Info Maggie Gyllenhaal
Video Cast Info Josh Hamilton
Video Cast Info Chris Messina
Video Cast Info Melanie Lynskey
Video Cast Info Paul Schneider
Video Cast Info Jeff Daniels
Video Cast Info Catherine O'Hara
Video Cast Info John Krasinski
Video Cast Info Maya Rudolph
Video Cast Info Dave Eggers - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Vendela Vida - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Edward Saxon - Producer
Video Cast Info Marc Turtletaub - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Saraf - Producer
Video Cast Info Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Pippa Harris - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ellen Kuras - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Alexi Murdoch - Composer
Video Cast Info Randall Poster - Music Supervisor
Video Cast Info Sarah Flack - Editor
Video Cast Info Sam Mendes - Director

Professional 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

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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