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I got this to replace a copy that got scratched to the point of no salvage. This is without a doubt one of my favorite movies. It has what every girl dreams of- a knight in shining armor willing to get it roughed up for her, while being a bit goofy in all the right ways. You get to see a variety of characters that make you scratch your head and realize what really matters in a funny way. I strongly recommend. If nothing else, join Verona with some ice cream and enjoy with a glass (maybe bottle) of wine on a PMS day.
This movie is beautiful and brilliant, and the soundtrack makes it absolute perfection. Alexi Murdoch's songs perfectly complement the movie's wistful contemplation for home and family. The songs keep the movie mellow and thoughtful when the action of the story might be upsetting or life-altering for some of the secondary characters. The story moves along at an unhurried pace, but the changes in locale keep the viewer's interest as the movie moves from one vignette to another, with different groups of family and friends at each stop. I guess this is a romantic comedy, but it plays as more of a comedy than a romance, with Krasinski and Rudolph's easy comfortable chemistry drawing us in to their story as it progresses across North America and through the lives of their nearest and dearest. An excellent date-night movie, but even better for a married couple or group of friends. The writing is witty but doesn't seem overly aware of itself as witty, which adds to the charm. It leaves us wondering, if we could live anywhere, near anyone, where would we go, and why? Did I mention the music? Because the music is amazing.
Burt Farlander: "Do you promise to let our daughter be fat or skinny or any weight at all? Because we want her to be happy, no matter what. Being obsessed with weight is just too cliché for our daughter." Verona De Tessant: "Yes, I do. Do you promise, when she talks, you'll listen? Like, really listen, especially when she's scared? And that her fights will be your fights?" Burt Farlander: "I do. And do you promise that if I die some embarrassing and boring death that you're gonna tell our daughter that her father was killed by Russian soldiers in this intense hand-to-hand combat in an attempt to save the lives of 850 Chechnyan orphans?" Verona De Tessant: "I do. Chechnyan orphans. I do. I do."
Conversations you'd find in real relationships. Flawed love. Hope overcoming deep sadness. A perfect soundtrack (Alexi Murdoch's voice feels like wearing a warm sweater while walking along the beach).
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
An expectant couple in Away we Go visit friends and family across the land looking for a place to settle. The concept is interesting as they take a whirl-wind trip and experience many viewpoints. I enjoyed the vignettes --funny, sweet and some cringey! The movie is slow at times but it builds into a good film of discovery and hope. The grass is rarely greener on the other side.
In a lot of romantic comedies of this type, the writer/director feels compelled to add an artificial element of tension - some misunderstood comment or perceived infidelity that causes the couple to fight, go their separate ways, then realize their follies and make up. The beauty of this film is that there is nothing like that. In the end, it's clear the movie makers know having a child and trying to find a home are tensions enough. This is just a nicely paced, sweet movie that makes you feel happy and hopeful about life. The main characters don't really fight or get angry - in fact, they consistently stick up for each other in the way everyone hopes their own spouses will. I've read some reviews that say things like "this is only for people who like Jim from 'The Office.'" Maybe so, I like Jim's character and so does my wife, so I guess we're biased. It's also nice to see Alison Janney, who is manic and hilarious in this film. Maya Rudolph also doesn't get enough credit, as her story about her father is lovingly told and her last line is great. I highly recommend this film.
I saw Away We Go years ago when it first came out in the theater and then again last weekend. I can officially add it to the list of movies I'll watch over and over. It's the story of Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) who are at a very important crossroad in their lives together. As the birth of their first child draws near, they embark on a equally touching and hilarious journey to decide where they should put down roots and start this next phase of their lives. Very well acted by everyone in the film, and the musical selections set a perfect tone. Very highly recommended!
Away We Go starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski is the sweetest film ever! The chemistry between the two leads is unexpected and very touching. You really believe that Verona and Burt are a fun and loving couple. In this film, Verona gets pregnant and her boyfriend, Burt go across the country to find the perfect place to raise their unborn child. Along the way, they meet some very kooky friends and their long-lost family members. This film is directed by Sam Mendes who usually directs hard-hitting dramas so it was a nice surprise that he took on this project that he is so unique and offbeat. Away We Go is one film I will enjoy over and over again, I highly recommend it!
2.0 out of 5 starsGood for hipsters and independent films fanatics. Not for Sam Mendes lovers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2015
Personally I was quite disappointed by Sam Mendes, who I personally learnt to love over the years (it was not love at first sight, so this is not a betrayed fan's review). I always admired his balance and versatile talent, the ability to enter and deal with genres from a personal point of view, creating unusual and consistent stories. Here, unfortunately, despite a certain carefree atmosphere, he almost turned into an independent hipster director, and his film looks like many others we saw in the last years (from Juno to LIttle Miss Sunshine, from Blue Valentine to Garden State or Me And You and Everyone we know): without adding anything if not, at the end, the doubt if he really likes those superfially deep and alternative characters, or if he actually thinks they are just fragile and desperate but not to be taken seriously.
Of course if you like titles I mentioned (and I won't blame you for that) you will end up loving it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2011
Reading what other people thought on Rotten Tomatoes was a hoot - either big love or bile by the bucketful. Which camp you end up in maybe depends on whether or not you like the lead couple and can relate to being pregnant and in love. Personally I did and I could.
I wasn't all that keen on the Alexis Murdoch songs though, especially when they muffled the dialogue, which happened a few times. Fortunately there are some good tunes in the soundtrack, but Murdoch's contributions are a bit bland - which the interplay between the characters certainly isn't.
Away We Go is NOT smug or syrupy! Check out the great, smart performances from Rudolph and Krasinski. Twee? Maybe a bit but its probably fairly hard to avoid all traces of tweeness when you're in love and preggers unless your heart is made of stone or you're alone in a cold and friendless world. I have noticed a certain tweeness and archness creeping in to Dave Eggers' writing before. My theory is that he knows it but doesn't let it hold him back from writing about the real-life dilemmas that surround us today in a fresh and funny way.
It's a great movie and I don't even like Sam Mendes' other stuff... Krasinski is always a winner anyways but this movie -- its plot, cast, and pacing -- are overall really quite lovely. I first saw it in the cinema during a time when I was moving countries and it really spoke to me - I might even have cried a little! I bought it to rewatch at home and share with others.
4.0 out of 5 starsA funny and sweet movie with great characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2014
This movie is very funny and sweet. It describes the trips around America of a couple who is about to have a baby in the search of a place to live and for the baby to grow up. In their journey they meet with family and friends, who often have a quirky personality and problems of their own. The movie is romantic at times but it still shows the real problems in couples. I also loved the subtle but funny sense of humor. All the actors deliver great performances and John Krasinski plays the sweet and understanding boyfriend, similar to the character Jim in the Office, which is always nice to see again.
One of my favourite films of all time, the scenery is beautiful and makes you feel like you're exploring America with them. I got bored of waiting for it to come on Netflix/TV etc so had to buy the DVD.