A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.
Burt Farlander and Verona De Tessant are a couple steeped in eccentricity and irregularity but are very much in love. So when they find out that Verona is pregnant they seem to be taking it in their stride. Verona is enjoying pregnancy, Burt is already practicing skill that he believes a good father should have, and they living in the same state as Burt's parents, Jerry and Gloria, so that their prospective daughter can have grandparents. However, things are shaken up when Burt and Verona go to dinner at Jerry and Gloria's house, as Burt's parents reveal a surprising piece of news. They have decided to move to Antwerp in Belguim a month before the baby is due, scuppering Burt and Verona's plans of having their children's grandparents around. Because Verona lost her parents when she was relatively young, she finds this news very hard to take, but the resilient couple quickly find a way to turn it in to a positive. It becomes obvious that this is what the pair needed, as they decide to ... Written by
Maya Rudolph earns this movie a 10!!! I have to say though, I'm not surprised at how brilliant she is. Even on SNL she was the queen of understatement. So many good reviews have been written for this film there's not much to add that hasn't already been stated beautifully. I would only offer this one angle I haven't yet read. I took it that part of their journey was to see old faces and places with their new, about-to-be-parents, eyes. They already knew everyone they interacted with in this film. And yet on this road trip, as soon-to-be-parents, it was as though they were meeting them for the first time. And some of what they encountered was pretty shocking, or funny, or sad, in ways they hadn't picked up on before.
This is a very sweet, kooky, funny, and moving story. Maya Rudolph needs to do a lot more of this kind of work. She is BRILLIANT!!!
Warning: the formula is a little repetitive... But not to the point of diminishing it's qualities. There's a good reason for this. And the pay off at the end justifies every minute you had to wait for it. See this movie. There are few like it, and few as good.
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