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.

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Sam Mendes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Krasinski ... Burt
Maya Rudolph ... Verona
Carmen Ejogo ... Grace
Catherine O'Hara ... Gloria
Jeff Daniels ... Jerry
Allison Janney ... Lily
Jim Gaffigan ... Lowell
Samantha Pryor ... Ashley
Conor Carroll ... Taylor
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... LN
Josh Hamilton ... Roderick
Bailey Harkins ... Wolfie
Brendan Spitz Brendan Spitz ... Baby Neptune
Jaden Spitz Jaden Spitz ... Baby Neptune
Chris Messina ... Tom
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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 Ciaran

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is first Sam Mendes film where Thomas Newman did not compose the original score. Newman has scored every Mendes film since American Beauty (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Munch Garnett ('Melanie Lynsky') is dancing on the stage in the club she is wearing a short sleeve black top - when she is walking off the stage she is wearing a sleeveless top. See more »

Quotes

Roderick: Alice Walker said, "There's nothing more important than how we enter this world." And I agree with her. My mom had a hospital birth. The stirrups, the machines, the drugs. And she wonders why I can't walk into a dry cleaner's without vomiting.
Burt Farlander: Okay, can that maybe be the last bit of parental advice we get tonight?
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Featured in The Making of 'Away We Go' (2009) See more »

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Mr. Tambourine Man
Written by Bob Dylan
Sung by Maya Rudolph (uncredited)
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A road movie with a difference
29 June 2009 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Away We Go (2009), directed by Sam Mendes, is a road movie with a difference. Many road movies involve strangers met by the protagonist as he or she travels from place to place. Away We Go sends the two main characters into different locations, but all the people they meet are people they already know, or think they know.

When Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph) learns that she is pregnant, the question for her and her partner, Burt (John Krasinkski) is, Where do we live after the baby is born? To answer the question, they travel from distant (U.S. and Canadian) city to distant city. Mostly what they find is disappointment and bad surprises.

Lily (Allison Janney), a former boss and friend, proves to be a dysfunctional person raising a dysfunctional family. A "cousin," LN (Maggie Gyllenhaal) gives new meaning to the words New Age. Verona's sister Grace (Carmen Ejogo) has her own problems and heartaches.

There are jokes (and laughs) along the way, but, the trip gets more and more discouraging (for them and us) as the movie goes along. What saves Verona and Burt (and the movie) is the loving, caring, and realistic relationship between the couple. They're both interesting, quirky, and attractive people. We care for them, and we want their quest to succeed.

Both Janney and Gyllenhaal are outstanding--as expected--although Mendes has portrayed both their characters in an exaggerated, over-the-top fashion. That's OK--we get the point, and the movie is a work of fiction, not a documentary.

Maya Rudolph makes a smooth transition from TV (SNL) to film. She's not drop-dead beautiful in the Hollywood style, which makes her more attractive (to me) and more appropriate to the character she plays.

Burt's character is more problematic. He's supposed to be someone who "sells insurance to insurance companies," but he looks and dresses more like an assistant manager at a fast- food restaurant. (He goes to a job interview dressed like someone who has picked out his clothing at a thrift shop.) And, given his moderate success in business, and Verona's equally moderate success as a medical illustrator, they're amazingly casual about spending money. Are they using their life's savings?

All in all, this is a movie worth seeing, but not likely to be on anyone's list of all-time favorite movies. We saw it at the excellent Little Theatre in Rochester, NY. It would also work well on DVD.


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Release Date:

26 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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New Haven, Connecticut, USA See more »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,411, 7 June 2009

Gross USA:

$9,451,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,779,455
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