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Away We Go

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Away We Go

Sam Mendes (2009)

93min
15 Certificate
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After the gloomy Revolutionary Road, director Sam Mendes returns to the quirkiness of American Beauty for this spin on the road movie. Thirtysomething Burt (John Krasinski) and heavily pregnant partner Verona (Maya Rudolph) live near to Burt's parents in Colorado, and assume they'll be around to help with childcare (Verona's parents died while the couple were at college). But when the seniors announce they are moving to Belgium, the rather aimless couple hit the road in search of a new home. Along the way they meet up with various family members and friends, ranging from the slightly individualistic to the positively pantomimic. (Allison Janney is a motormouth former work colleague of Verona's who talks about sex, loudly, in front of her children; Maggie Gyllenhaal is a hippy childhood friend of Burt's, who has very strong beliefs about the right way to raise kids.) The first half of the film is great fun, even if the characterisations are at times overblown. But after a visit to some university pals in Canada, the tone changes, things get serious and the pace slackens. With all the travelling and soul-searching, the dénouement is long in coming and too pat when it does.

Summary

Burt and Verona are expecting their first child, and decide to find themselves a new home. They travel across America in search of the perfect place to raise their child - but their encounters with old friends and relatives along the way open their eyes to what the future may hold. Sam Mendes' comedy drama, starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph.

Cast & Crew

Burt Farlander John Krasinski
Verona De Tessant Maya Rudolph
Jerry Farlander Jeff Daniels
Ellen, "LN" Maggie Gyllenhaal
Lily Allison Janney
Tom Garnett Chris Messina
Gloria Farlander Catherine O'Hara
Courtney Farlander Paul Schneider (2)
Grace De Tessant Carmen Ejogo
Lowell Jim Gaffigan
Roderick Josh Hamilton
Munch Garnett Melanie Lynskey
Director Sam Mendes
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: E1 Films Guidance: Swearing, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 18 Sep 2009

Comedy Drama

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