On paper, Away We Go has the potential to be the next super-cool, consumable “indie” film (It stars a bearded John Krasinski, is directed by Sam Mendes, and is written by Dave Eggars). However, it is much better than the films that it is sure to be compared to (Garden State, Juno).
The story is about a 30-something couple that is expecting their first child. Krasinski’s love interest (played by Maya Rudolph) has a natural distaste for marriage, so they stay unwed. Due to a frustrating relationship with their parents, the couple decides to move to an undecided city before their child is born. It then becomes a slightly Kerouacian story of two people trying to find their place amidst a great deal of change.
The film is extremely funny and features a great cast including Catherine O’Hara, Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The story is quite interesting and spares you from unrealistic images of idealist people triumphing over conformity. The characters have real problems and real challenges.
I promise that I don’t just like this movie because my wife is pregnant.