Away We Go (2009)
Director: Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition)
Written by: Dave Eggers, Vendala Vida
Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Catherine O'Hara, Allison Janney
Burt (Krasinksi) and Verona (Rudolph) are expecting their first child. Verona is six months along even though she looks like she's about to give birth any day. They embark on a road trip to visit friends and family to decide where they would like to call home and raise their child. While on their road trip, they realize that no one is perfect, every one is flawed, and you make due the best way you know how to.
John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are known for their comedic timing from turns in "The Office" (Krasinski) and "Saturday Night Live" (Rudolph). While they do have funny moments, they reign it in a little more and show off their dramatic sides. They also have wonderful comedic and romantic chemistry. Allison Janney and Maggie Gyllenhaal have hilarious supporting roles as some of the moms Burt and Verona meet up with along the way.
Away We Go is one of those feel good movies that didn't get the notice it deserved. Sam Mendes usually directs really strong heavy material, so this movie is far lighter than his normal fare. You'll laugh, you might cry, and you'll want to curl up with a loved one.
Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)