Away We Go

Away We Go

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Away We Go

In this indie comedy-drama a couple (US The Office's John Krasinski and Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolf) expecting their first child, who travel around the US in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms.

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are) and Vendela Vida.

2009Rating: M, contains sex scenes and offensive language 98 minsUSA, UK
ComedyDrama
Director:
Sam Mendes ('Revolutionary Road', 'American Beauty', 'Road to Perdition', 'Jarhead')
Writer:
Dave EggersVendela Vida
Cast:
John KrasinskiMaya RudolphCatherine O'HaraJeff DanielsMaggie GyllenhaalAllison JanneyMelanie Lynskey
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Charming Love Story

A really cute movie about ordinary people. Not a chick flick, the boys enjoyed it too.

3.0
0

Quirky and not-too-cutesy

I loved the characters, the music, the premis, and the plot was just unusual enough to put it outside the normal run-of-the-mill but still with a satisfying happy ending. There really is no place like home Dorothy. How much of each character do you see in yourself? I think we all have a wee bit of LN and Lily - heaven forbid!

4.0
0

charming & funny

I was pleasantly surprised how charming & funny this movie was as the trailer looked like it could go either way. Despite most of the minor characters being incredibly irritating (omigod - I wanted to throttle Maggie Gyllenhaal's character LN) I left the cinema in a brilliant mood. This was due to excellent acting and laugh out loud funny lines, plus I...

4.0
0

Highly enjoyable

I came out of this movie feeling very happy, it certainly put a smile on my face. A really lovely sweet film, with some great laughs in it. Wonderful soundtrack, unexpected turns and quite thought provoking.

4.0
0

Gorgeous, mellow, funny, thought provoking and real

"Away we go" is all those things and seemingly without effort, which must be a good thing. The story flows beautifully and the acting is superb. All main characters were beautifully crafted and very well cast. It was a delight to watch and had more than a few LOL moments. Great soft-rock soundtrack really helps to set the mood.

4.0
0

A middling fun film but ...

.. no review of this film can pretend to be complete without mentioning the work of Pete Wiggins in the pivotal role of "Beckett". Ibsen may have said that there were no small roles but instead small actors; Wiggins proves one can be both a small actor and carry a large role when nobody is looking. One can only hope that at awards season Wiggins will be...

3.0
0

Funny querky movie

No nonsense in this movie. Very close to reality and funny funny. Will recommend this movie for anyne wanting a laugh and some real emotional scenes. Cheers

4.0
0

Lovely and cute story

Enjoyed the movie, with a very real story line how a umexpected life changing event can make you reflect on where you are heading. Refreshing sense of humour opposed to the sometimes over the top american style. Recommend watch!

4.0
0

Just outside the mold

Would most certainly recommend to all my friends. It doesn't warrant over analysis - the acting was solid, the plot amusing, the jokes were choice and the story, just quirky enough to put it outside of the standard mold. Where 5 stars would be life changing, this movie gets 3 for being head and shoulders above all the other nonsense out there these days..

3.0
0

Finding home

An unexpected announcement leads this couple on a trip across North America searching for a new place to call home. Often hilarious the friends and family we meet along the way cover the many bases of lunacy, idiocy and also melancholy but each visit gives the couple more of an idea of what they want in their future. Very funny, the many awkward situations...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Emerges as an oddly sour, unappealing road-trip scenario.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A rewarding change of pace for Sam Mendes, Away We Go is a small, lovely film that gently sneaks up on you with unexpected depth and feeling. Let it.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Does it sound as if I hate this movie? Don't be silly. But don't be fooled. This movie does not like you.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

You have to hand it to Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road), he certainly has a habit of skilfully teasing innocuous set-ups into wonderful little vignettes of life.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Sam Mendes chills out with this light, fun and heartfelt comedy.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A self-satisfied film about insecure people, a quirky and episodic comic drama that squanders its genuine assets and ends up not as special as it tries to be.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Though it's nice to see Mendes take a looser, not quite so studied approach to his filmmaking, some stops along the way -- like a detour to visit Burt's suddenly single brother (Paul Schneider) -- feel dramatically off-course.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

While cynics may find it twee, Mendes fans should greatly enjoy this (gently) surprising change of direction. Go in with the right frame of mind and you’ll leave with a big, goofy grin on your face.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Emerges as an oddly sour, unappealing road-trip scenario.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A rewarding change of pace for Sam Mendes, Away We Go is a small, lovely film that gently sneaks up on you with unexpected depth and feeling. Let it.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Does it sound as if I hate this movie? Don't be silly. But don't be fooled. This movie does not like you.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

You have to hand it to Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road), he certainly has a habit of skilfully teasing innocuous set-ups into wonderful little vignettes of life.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Sam Mendes chills out with this light, fun and heartfelt comedy.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A self-satisfied film about insecure people, a quirky and episodic comic drama that squanders its genuine assets and ends up not as special as it tries to be.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Though it's nice to see Mendes take a looser, not quite so studied approach to his filmmaking, some stops along the way -- like a detour to visit Burt's suddenly single brother (Paul Schneider) -- feel dramatically off-course.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

While cynics may find it twee, Mendes fans should greatly enjoy this (gently) surprising change of direction. Go in with the right frame of mind and you’ll leave with a big, goofy grin on your face.

4.0
0

Charming Love Story

A really cute movie about ordinary people. Not a chick flick, the boys enjoyed it too.

3.0
0

Quirky and not-too-cutesy

I loved the characters, the music, the premis, and the plot was just unusual enough to put it outside the normal run-of-the-mill but still with a satisfying happy ending. There really is no place like home Dorothy. How much of each character do you see in yourself? I think we all have a wee bit of LN and Lily - heaven forbid!

4.0
0

charming & funny

I was pleasantly surprised how charming & funny this movie was as the trailer looked like it could go either way. Despite most of the minor characters being incredibly irritating (omigod - I wanted to throttle Maggie Gyllenhaal's character LN) I left the cinema in a brilliant mood. This was due to excellent acting and laugh out loud funny lines, plus I...

4.0
0

Highly enjoyable

I came out of this movie feeling very happy, it certainly put a smile on my face. A really lovely sweet film, with some great laughs in it. Wonderful soundtrack, unexpected turns and quite thought provoking.

4.0
0

Gorgeous, mellow, funny, thought provoking and real

"Away we go" is all those things and seemingly without effort, which must be a good thing. The story flows beautifully and the acting is superb. All main characters were beautifully crafted and very well cast. It was a delight to watch and had more than a few LOL moments. Great soft-rock soundtrack really helps to set the mood.

4.0
0

A middling fun film but ...

.. no review of this film can pretend to be complete without mentioning the work of Pete Wiggins in the pivotal role of "Beckett". Ibsen may have said that there were no small roles but instead small actors; Wiggins proves one can be both a small actor and carry a large role when nobody is looking. One can only hope that at awards season Wiggins will be...

3.0
0

Funny querky movie

No nonsense in this movie. Very close to reality and funny funny. Will recommend this movie for anyne wanting a laugh and some real emotional scenes. Cheers

4.0
0

Lovely and cute story

Enjoyed the movie, with a very real story line how a umexpected life changing event can make you reflect on where you are heading. Refreshing sense of humour opposed to the sometimes over the top american style. Recommend watch!

4.0
0

Just outside the mold

Would most certainly recommend to all my friends. It doesn't warrant over analysis - the acting was solid, the plot amusing, the jokes were choice and the story, just quirky enough to put it outside of the standard mold. Where 5 stars would be life changing, this movie gets 3 for being head and shoulders above all the other nonsense out there these days..

3.0
0

Finding home

An unexpected announcement leads this couple on a trip across North America searching for a new place to call home. Often hilarious the friends and family we meet along the way cover the many bases of lunacy, idiocy and also melancholy but each visit gives the couple more of an idea of what they want in their future. Very funny, the many awkward...

4.0
0