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Away We Go (2009)

John Krasinski , Maya Rudolph , Sam Mendes  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph
  • Directors: Sam Mendes
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8UOY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Away We Go" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The making of Away We Go
  • Green filmmaking
  • Feature commentary with Director Sam Mendes and Writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida

  • Editorial Reviews

    John Krasinski (The Office) and Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) star in the heartfelt film that explores the comedic twists and turns in one couple’s journey across contemporary America. Anticipating the birth of their first child, longtime couple Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) embark on an ambitious itinerary to visit friends and family in order to find their perfect home. Featuring a remarkable soundtrack and an incredible ensemble cast – including Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine O’Hara and Jim Gaffigan. It’s the hilarious, witty film that critics are hailing as “absolutely extraordinary!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

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    52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    Like all road pictures, AWAY WE GO is about a couple in their early thirties trying to discover themselves (and what kind of home and family they want to create for themselves) through a round of visits in the sixth month of the pregnancy. I've never been a huge fan of Dave Eggers, but the script that he wrote with Vendela Vida is a brilliant one. The structure of the film is simple: Burt (THE OFFICE's Jim Krasinski) and Verona (SNL's Maya Rudolph) have moved to a small, cold house entirely so that they can live near Burt's parents. But after learning that they will be moving to Antwerp a month before their baby is due, they realize that they don't need to live any longer in a town where they have no friends and, now, no relatives. They plan a long trip that will see them visiting friends and relatives in a number of locations, including Scottsdale, Tucson, Montreal, and Miami. They see people whose lives they would like to emulate and those they would not.

    And along the way hilarity ensues. The scenes between Burt and Verona are frequently hysterical, though when they are meeting their friends or relatives they tend to become "straight men" and the humor shifts over to the others. Although several people are absolutely outstanding, two actors deserve special mention. First, Allison Janney is absolutely hysterical as Verona's former boss in Chicago (more about Chicago in a second). She is, putting it simply, a nightmare of a mother. But in the most hysterical of ways. (Now on Chicago. Verona mentions working in Chicago and she is shown to be a medical illustrator.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Garden State, and thats good! October 11, 2009
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    This movie was a charming look at a couple that is struggling to define themselves and to find their place in the world. The comedy was perfectly placed and well written. The story lines were honest and believable glimpses into various peoples very different lives. The main couple visits friends and family around North America trying to find where they would fit. What they find out is that they don't really fit any of those places and they have to make their own way in the world. Excellent movie, one of the best of 2009.
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    16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sam Mendes-lite but still Sam Mendes-good. July 12, 2009
    At the butt-end of last year Sam Mendes directed a film called Revolutionary Road. This was a masterpiece, truly deserving of that title. It's his best film hands down! His previous films American Beauty and Road To Perdition weren't too shabby either. They all have a sense of darkness and foreboading. The dark foreboading element is missing from his current film Away We Go, and that is not a bad thing.

    The basic set-up is simple and understandable in that movie universe sort of way, but two winning performances from leads Mya Rudolph and Chris Krisinski really help this thing over some of the comedy set-up trappings. Rudolph is an actress that I've known from SNL and that's it, I've not seen here in anything else. Surprisingly, she ends up playing straight-man to Krisinski. And you she gives a very touching and honest performance, and I see a great career outside anything resembling comedy in her future. Krisinski is an actor I've never seen in anything. I've been informed that he is one of the stars of the American version of The Office, and he, like Rudolph, is someone I want to see more of. He plays affable in this film like a pro. He's an optimist and a realist all in one heartwarming stroke. He's the goofier of the couple but it comes off more like it's part of his character and his personality and less like comedy schtick. Together I would watch any film premise about this pairing.

    This is a real couple, not a made up movie couple. This is my favorite part of this film. The plot is cute and similar to that of the great film Flirting With Disaster, but the unmarried leads make this film above average. They don't have silly, pointless and melodramatic arguments to up the conflict factor most these type of films contrive for the sheer 'entertainment' value.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky And Slow But Worth A Look January 1, 2010
    AWAY WE GO isn't a great movie but it is certainly entertaining. The story revolves around a thirty-something couple who are about to have their first child. When things don't go as planned, they decide to pull stakes and look for a new home. In its own way, AWAY WE GO reminded me of the Little Prince, who went from planet to planet, meeting strange new people. This couple's search unearths the odd, kind, bizarre, tragic, and confused, who unknowingly show the couple how normal they really are.

    There are moments in AWAY WE GO that are very funny, and a few that are sad or touching. Most of the dialog is above average. All of the actors are credible and competent. Maya Rudolph, of SNL fame, is actually very good. The only other feature I've seen her in was Idiocracy, where she seemed to be playing a character more suited to Saturday Night Live. Here, she shows that she can play real characters instead of just caricatures.

    The overall pacing of AWAY WE GO is a little slow, but it is still worth watching. I'd be reluctant to watch it twice, but I would if I had to. Three times is probably out of the question. RECOMMENDED.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars SNOOZER!!!
    What a waste of time. This movie will put you to sleep faster than Ambien. It sucks. There's really no plot, it's not funny, it's boring, and completely pointless. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by AllUpInYoGrill
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
    This is one of my all time favorite feel-good movies and I was happy to see it for such a good deal. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Tamra Voll
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
    Wasn't as light as I was expecting, but still very funny in parts. The film did a good job of touching on lots of aspects of parenthood and relationships.
    Published 2 months ago by Adam
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Classic.
    A must watch for anyone who is searching for "their place." GREAT MUSIC & these two have great chemistry- sweet film.
    Published 2 months ago by Becks
    1.0 out of 5 stars I really tried liking this movie, but just never got into it.
    Liked the cast, but this film was just one dimensional, uninspiring and completely boring. I finally got tired of the somber melancholy and gave up on it an hour in.. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by J. Reagan
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ehhhhh
    I hate Romantic movies but I needed to watch this for a class I am taking. Good thing for the internet and "cliff" notes. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Jon
    5.0 out of 5 stars We have a cardboard window
    This is one of my absolute favorite movies. If you don't like movies based on dialog, this probably is not for you, but I seriously doubt you would be here if you were looking for... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Manda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hipster Chick Flick
    Nice balance of travel, hipster, comedy, and chick flick.
    Touching in an intellectual, non-mainstream way
    Loved it, would definitely recommend!
    Published 2 months ago by Mst
    5.0 out of 5 stars Maya and John made this movie Excellent!
    Maya and John's chemistry was just so real that it was hard to think I was just watching them on screen. They're both funny and serious at the same time. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Shoegal3
    3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but didn't love it.
    Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance made this film for me. It was cute, but I found the dialogue a bit tedious at times.
    Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth
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