Box art for Away We Go

Away We Go

comedy, drama

From Director Sam Mendes and starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph comes this funny, romantic and heartfelt comedy about a couple's hilarious journey to find their perfect home.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
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2 out of 5
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Parent-to-be drama meanders but wraps up poignantly.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that older teens may be intrigued by this indie drama because of star John Krasinski and writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Its unvarnished look at different types of parenting, though exaggerated for cinematic effect, hits home and could very well prompt some internal analysis. Expect a range of strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), some sexuality (including a glimpse of a bare breast), and social drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about parenthood. How is this movie different from typical movies that take on the issue of parenting? Does it have any definitive answers about what makes someone a good or bad parent?
  • What are Bur tand Verona's worries about parenthood? Does all theirfretting make them seem like they'll actually be great parents -- orjust neurotic?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Feels like a welcome respite from the false happily-ever-afters of most mainstream movies.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 12, 2009

Rotten: That every supporting character is depicted as insufferable or pitiable or both would be bad enough; what's worse is that the couple discover nothing about themselves that wasn't obvious from the opening.

- Ben Walters, Time Out, Friday, September 18, 2009

Fresh: The unassuming performances by Krasinski and Rudolph help make this the first Mendes movie that feels lived-in rather than staged.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, June 11, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A sweet, sensitive and funny road movie with great performances and a wonderful soundtrack. A film that is both heartwarming and as sharp as Mendes' previous works - and the whole scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal in Madison is just priceless!

- blacksheepboy, Sunday, August 29, 2010

3 stars

I love Sam Mendes work and I love John Krasinski's performance before, but I didn't understand why I can't like this movie... I know that Sam Mendes directs another movies that different from his movies before, and that was good... And John Krasinski gave more drama performance that a comedy performance that he usually gives, and that was good too... But still I can't like this movie like their other work before... The story is simple, a couple are having a baby and they are trying to find the right place to gave a baby born and to raise their baby, so they flew across the U.S.A. and visit their old friends to find the place they exactly wanted to raise their baby... Maya Rudolph gave a good and strong performance as Verona, while Maggie Gyllenhaal shows a short but good performance as LN... The other cast did okay too, but maybe it's just the flow of this story that makes me a little bored... Overall, it's a good movie and lovely one, but it just bored me so I can't gave this movie a higher rating than just an average movie...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Wednesday, August 11, 2010

3 stars

There are a lot of so-sweet-I-shit-chocolate moments in this film, and the undeniable chemistry between Rudolph and Krasinski charmed me. But the story has issues. First, there is little lasting conflict between the two protagonists, and the conflict that they eventually try to develop comes out of nowhere. Second, even I know a couple normal people, and if I wanted guidance on parenthood, I would probably see my normal friends before I visit the militant feminist. In other words, some of the supporting characters are too outlandish; it is as though the filmmakers didn't think their main protagonists could carry the film. This is not to say that the film isn't memorable and sweet: "No one is in love like us." Aww.

- hunterjt13, Sunday, August 8, 2010