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Film Review: “Away We Go”

(Focus Features. 1 hour, 37 minutes. Rated R for language and some sexual content.Directed by Sam Mendes.) John Krasinski (Burt Farlander), Maya Rudolph (Verona De Tessant), Carmen Ejogo (Grace De Tessant), Catherine O’Hara (Gloria Farlander), Jeff Daniels (Jerry Farlander), Allison Janney (Lilly), Jim Gaffigan (Lowell), Maggie Gyllenhaal (LN). Music by Alex Murdoch.

Burt and Verona (Krasinski and Rudolph), after discovering that Burt’s parents are moving to Antwerp, embark on a cross-country trip to choose a place to start their new family. A sweet, quirky story and some really good performances highlight a genuinely funny movie. Krasinski (Jim from The Office) and SNL-alum Rudolph seem very natural as an odd couple that is healthy, wealthy and surprisingly well-adjusted. They would almost be insufferable if they weren’t so endearing. Burt is amiable and goofy (I especially enjoyed his attempts at “fighting” with Verona), and Verona is a good contrast as the more straight-laced of the two. Their trip takes a few unexpected turns, revealing the different kinds of dysfunction at each stop, such as the drunken, suburban terror Lilly (Janney), and the odd, New Age parenting practices of LN (Gyllenhaal). The film is beautifully shot and very well-written, and while the soundtrack is fitting, it is pretty indistinguishable from other “quirky/indie” movie scores. A worthwhile trip with a fun, young couple.

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