Away We Go (2009)

Pen

This film has been touted as Sam Mendes’ best film since American Beauty. I enjoyed it. In particular John Krasinski (the guy from The Office) is very good in this role. Maya Rudolph is also good, but I think John makes the movie. There are an assortment of wacky side characters that keep the movie moving along. They’re crazy, but not so out there that it’s unbelievable. Also, there is pain and hurt underlying some of the smiles and craziness. It’s one of the better movies I have seen this summer.

Tony
Finally! Someone else saw Away We Go! Saw it opening weekend (it was written by one of my favorite writers)! I quite enjoyed it. I laughed quite a bit. And it was also pretty sobering. I quite liked Rudolph’s character. I really liked the last twenty or thirty minutes, especially the scene with the trampoline. Genius! I even went out and bought the script.

Pen
There were several really great scenes. The trampoline scene was definitely one of them. I also laughed a lot at his efforts re: the baby’s heart rate…especially in the car. The huge silly grin on his face after was priceless. I like that their siblings were pretty normal. I also liked the scene in the beginning when she’s eating the apple. I liked the characters and their relationship with each other.

Reid
Does Away We Go have the same sensibility as Juno and Little Miss Sunshine?

Tony
Reid- Away We Go has been compared to both Little Miss Sunshine and Juno. I’ve even heard it called Juno for Adults because of the subject matter. I suppose that I see the comparisons, though it never crossed my mind while watching it.

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