Away We Go


2009

Away We Go (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Built on a set of quirks and charms that are as noticeable as they are interchangeable, Away We Go is a sweet but uneven road trip.

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This funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise 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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Critic Reviews for Away We Go

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (38)

That every supporting character is depicted as insufferable or pitiable or both would be bad enough; what's worse is that the couple discover nothing about themselves that wasn't obvious from the opening.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Terrific performances make this tender if slight little film worth the trip.

Jun 26, 2009

Away We Go makes a nice metaphor for a rootless, self-involved culture of parents trying to get it right and getting all the wrong advice as they do.

Jun 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rudolph lends depth and complexity to this otherwise facile story.

Jun 18, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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You may very well enjoy Away We Go more than I did. But rest assured that you will never love this movie as much as it loves itself.

Jun 16, 2009 | Full Review…

By my count, two episodes succeed and half a dozen fall flat. Your mileage may vary.

Jun 12, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Away We Go

With terrific performances and a wonderful soundtrack, this sweet, sensitive and funny road movie proves to be both heartwarming and sharp as Mendes' previous works - and the whole scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal in Madison is just priceless.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Was never going to be a movie for me - couple in their 30's (she looking way older), discover they are about to become parents and go on a road trip to find a new home to bring up the baby. I really hated the portal of the parents as selfish for moving away to fulfill a life long dream. The couple came across as way more selfish for not being happy for them. Some of the other women in this were not convincing either. One still breast feeding her toddler (okay, I realise there women who do this, but all the other stuff as well?) and the "perfect" mum who goes pole dancing to deal with her sadness over miscarriage. The guy dresses like a dork all the way through this and looks about 20. The vagina line made me cringe too, plus the opening scene. Just two people you don't want to think of in that context! It has its nice moments, it's not all horrible, and I'm glad I got to see it, but it's certainly not a movie I ever want to see again.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

Sam Mendes' 'Away We Go' is a new, refreshing step for the director that is very welcome. He and his actors create a perfect sense of pathos and charm that captures the viewer. John Krasinski exudes quirk and carries most of the comedic work in the film, while Maya Rudolph seems to perfectly ground his eccentric character. Both are the reason this romantic comedy exceeds all expectations.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

½

Not your usual slice-of-life fare, Away We Go is an honest, genuinely-felt and genuinely funny film about a moment in which the world opens up, and any decision can be made, with the catch being that the decision regards where to raise one's child. There are parts that will make you laugh out loud and others that may just break your heart as you follow the young lovers around America (and briefly, into Canada!) on their search for the perfect home. Ably acted - almost underplayed - by both Rudolph, whose character stands firm in her rejection of marriage, and Krasinski, well-cast as the latent romantic, the movie's a little squishy around its edges, but it's very easy to feel these characters, and to enjoy the varied characters - bit parts for great actors - they visit along the way. Well worth seeing once.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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