Written June 10, 2009
June 9 - I just attended the press preview of this 100-minute poignant captivating comedy - skillfully directed by Sam Mendes(Revolutionary Road).
Produced at a mere $17 million - based on a original screenplay co-written by husband/wife team Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida, this 'road-trip' is thematically-heavy(adulthood, love, responsibility, and family) superbly acted (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph - excellent on-screen chemistry!!!) - should recoup its production cost easily.
It was definitely a casting coup bringing two fine thespians together - that performed admirably and gave convincing performances as a couple. GREAT cast!
I went in with low expectations - and found myself glued to the screen totally absorbed in the plot - pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the various well-fleshed characters and their unique predicaments. LOVED IT!
AWAY WE GO will appeal to a niche market - grown-ups/adults.
Recommended - GO see it!
ACTUAL RATING: B-PLUS
Written June 20, 2009
If you're reading this, you're probably trying to figure out if you should go see this movie when the critics do not seem to have given it very good reviews. If you're a guy, like me, you're probably doubly concerned because your wife or girlfriend really wants to see it and you're thinking, can't we go see "Terminator" or "Pelham 123" and wait for it to come out on DVD? Well I saw it last night (with my wife) and definitely enjoyed it. It was funny -- at times really funny -- and thoughtful, but not in a mind-bending or blow-your-mind kind of way. Disclaimers: I am 40-something with 2 small kids, so I could relate to the theme, and I enjoy movies like "Flirting with Disaster" and "Best in Show," which this movie reminds me of. If you don't like quirky indie movies, then push for "Pelham 123," or ask your wife to go see it with one of her girlfriends.
Written May 28, 2009
This movie plays like a set of loosely connected skits that are alternately funny, sad and/or touching, but are always interesting and well acted by a variety of great supporting actors. It is billed as a comedy and the sneak peek crowd laughed a lot, but there is a serious undercurrent that builds as the movie moves along. You're following the journeys of a couple played by John Krasinki and Maya Rudolph. While Krasinki is cute and adorable and perfectly adequate for his role, it was the performance of Maya Rudolph that elevated this movie a full notch for me. Maybe it was the contrast because I'd only seen her do comedy schtick on SNL, but I thought her work here was multi-layered and mesmerizing. This movie could have done with less profanity, and it would lose nothing if you waited for it to hit the small screen, but it is well worth checking out.
Written June 16, 2009
Granted, I am THE target audience of this film -- a 34-year-old happily married Gen X-er with young kids -- but I have to say that my husband and I simply adored this movie. I have no idea why some reviewers carried on about the protagonists being "detached" or "smug" or "self-congratulatory" or whatever it is they were accused of, but I found them to be none of those things. They are fantastic dramatic and comic actors who have such incredibly sweet chemistry together. I found them to be normal, charming, real, and utterly sympathetic characters. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Allison Janney are HYSTERICAL, and the plot and the message of the film is lovely and uplifting. If you liked movies like Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, you will love this movie. I'm so glad I didn't let these critics dissuade me from seeing such a wonderful film!!!
Written June 24, 2009
One of the finest of the 5000 movies I have seen. Warm, quirky and heartfelt. Terrific cast and direction. I will see it again and probably add it to my slim permanent DVD collection.