1 hour, 38 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for language and some sexual content.
DVD Features: The making of Away We Go - Go behind the scenes and see how the film developed from casting to final cut; Green Filmmaking - From carbon offsets to hybrid transporation, discover the creative steps taken to make the production more environmentally firendly; Feature commentary with director Sam Mendes and writers Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida.
John Krasinski ... Burt Farlander
Maya Rudolph ... Verona De Tessant
Carmen Ejogo ... Grace De Tessant
Catherine O'Hara ... Gloria Farlander
Jeff Daniels ... Jerry Farlander
Allison Janney ... Lily
Jim Gaffigan ... Lowell
Samantha Pryor ... Ashley
Conor Carroll ... Taylor
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... LN
Josh Hamilton ... Roderick
|Burt Farlander (John Krasinski - TV's "The Office") and his long-term girlfriend Verona
(Maya Rudolph - TV's SNL) are a rudderless, expectant couple searching for a place to raise their baby. First they visit Burt's self-absorbed parents (Catherine O'Hara "Best in Show" and Jeff Daniels "The Squid and the Whale"), but when they announce they're moving to
Europe, Burt and Verona take off to look for someplace more suitable to settle down. So, it's off on a complicated itinerary to visit old pals and explore potential new places to live.
In Arizona Verona's former co-worker Lily (Allison Janney "Juno") and her dull husband Lowell (Jim Gaffigan "Three Kings") and their two children seem to be
everything that's wrong with America in general. After a brief Tucson visit with Verona's well-adjusted sister Grace (Carmen Ejogo "Pride & Glory") it's on to one more example of domestic hell: Burt's childhood friend LN (Maggie Gyllenhaal "Secretary") a U. of Wisconsin Women's Studies professor with a fawning,
ponytailed common-law husband (Josh Hamilton "The Bourne Identity") and a son who
still sleeps in bed with them. Then they head south to visit Burt's brother in Miami (Paul Schneider "Lars and the Real Girl"), who's wondering how
to raise his little girl after being abandoned by his wife.
Director Sam Mendes ("Revolutionary Road") somehow makes everything look pretty at the expense of making
it feel real, besides that, the screenplay by first-time writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida occasionally strains limits of credulity, although, it's wonderful to see Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski taking on semi-dramatic roles. At its best moments Away We Go
is buoyed by their genuine rapport and insecurities. Anyone can relate to their uncertainty over how to become grown-ups, and how to
make the decision to really begin their lives. But as the quirky
characters and overwrought episodes start piling up, the world Burt
and Verona are visiting stops resembling the one we know, and any
chance they had of reflecting actual reality seems to have gotten lost. Despite that, this is still a poignant, and often emotionally satisfying little film and it's also quite funny at times.