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Away We Go
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Reviewed on 2009-06-24
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
GenreComedy / Drama / Romance
It’s a long road home, or at least finding the perfect spot to call home. “Away We Go” proves just that point, as soon to be parents Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph) and Burt Farlander (John Krasinski) are on the trip of a lifetime to find the perfect place to start their family. Both are in their thirties, struggling with income and in need of some guidance. When Burt is informed by his jubilant parents that they are moving out of the county for a couple years, before the baby is even born, the couple decide to pick up and discover a new home and family on their own.

First stop on the journey is Phoenix. Albeit warmer climate than the chilly Colorado they have just fled, they find the reunion with Verona’s former boss/“friend”, Lily (Allison Janney) is enough to have them running out of town. After a quick visit with Verona’s sister they head to Madison, where Burt reunites with his “cousin” LN (Maggie Gyllenhaal) which turns out to be an eye opening experience on parenting. LN has a new age style of parenting, one that promotes a family bed, even finding strollers obtrusive. After a heated ending to the reunion Burt and Verona are affirmative that Madison can keep the lunatics and they will keep on searching.

On their last stop they visit college friends, rooming with them and their adoptive children. Out of all the destinations they find this to be the favorite. Even with the comforts of Canada, they still have not found the true comforts of home. Promising to love each other and be the bets parents they can be, Verona and Burt exchange vows. As the destinations come to an end they finally realize their past has leaded them to where their true home lies.

Sam Mendes brings us a light hearted comedy that will appeal to all audiences. Offering us likeable characters and assuring they were cast properly. An insightful film that is honest about the concerns many first time parents have. The pace at time seemed to stumble, but not long after the audience was drawn back in. Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski proved their ability to take on a lead role and had incredible chemistry. “Away We Go” is a poignant tale of true love. The long journey Verona and Burt take is thought provoking, leaving viewers pleased that they tagged along for the ride.

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Jolene Mendez

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