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Away We Go (2009)

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Sam Mendes Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New Haven, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,411, 7 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,451,946
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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Toni Collette dropped out due scheduling conflicts. Maggie Gyllenhaal took over her role. See more »

Goofs

While visiting Tom and Munch's family, Burt is show being tied up by the family's kids. In that scene he wears Wallabees. In the next shot, showing Burt and Verona leaving the house, he is wearing sneakers. See more »

Quotes

Gloria: Verona, do you think she's gonna look like you?
Verona De Tessant: Well, I hope so. I think I'm the mom.
Gloria: I just want a little Verona. After two boys, I want a little Verona in a leotard. Can you do that for me?
Verona De Tessant: I'll definitely work on it.
Gloria: Okay, and just how black do you think she'll be?
Burt Farlander: Mom...
Verona De Tessant: Wow, I don't know. Maybe we can leave her out in the sun for a couple of days, expedite things?
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Featured in The Culture Show: Episode #11.7 (2009) See more »

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What Is Life
Written and Performed by George Harrison
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Go see Away We Go, do, its got style, humor, and imagination
7 July 2009 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph), an unmarried but devoted-to-each-other couple, are expecting a baby girl in three months. They moved near Burt's parents (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O'Hara) because they wanted to give their child loving relatives in close proximity. Now, however, Burt's mom and dad announce that they are fulfilling a lifelong dream of "moving to Belgium", where they will be for the next two years. Huh. It does not appear that they are thinking of the coming granddaughter, only of themselves. This throws Burt and Verona into a frenzy of activity, for they want to select another locale to call home, near friends or relatives, and there isn't much time. Over the course of the next few weeks, the young couple travel to Arizona, Wisconsin, Montreal, and Florida in search of a new place to put down roots. Along the way, the pregnant twosome meet up with a bizarre friend (Allison Janney), an "adopted cousin" (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and other pals and relations. Will they find the perfect place to raise their daughter? After viewing this winning movie, no one can ever say that Sam Mendes does not have a softer side, which, to be honest, was fairly absent in his works such as American Beauty or Revolutionary Road. In fact, although Mendes is still wonderful at showing the idiosyncrasies and flaws in the lives of average Americans, this film's sweetness is its core asset. The cast is great, with Krasinski and Rudolph near perfect as the loving couple, while Janney, Daniels, O'Hara, and all of the lesser known cast members do a great job as well. Gyllenhaal deserves special mention, for she looks sensational and is a scream as the "new age" type mother. Naturally, it is quite beautiful to go from one splendid venue to the next and the costumes are lovely as well, especially Rudolph's maternity wardrobe. As for the script, it is stylish, imaginative, and very funny. If you love exceptional movies that more closely resemble coq au vin than meatloaf in the world of films, here is one definitely for you to savor. .


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