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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.

Director:

Sam Mendes
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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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Box Office

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Running at 98 minutes, this is Sam Mendes' shortest film to date. See more »

Goofs

When Burt and Verona board their train to go to Wisconsin, they step into one of Amtrak's curved-sided, late-twentieth-century "Amfleet" cars (a type of car in which no sleeping accommodations currently exist). The train appears to consist largely or entirely of such cars. In the next shot, however, the interior of their car is seen to be that of a mid-twentieth-century North-American-type sleeping car, one that would have to be straight-sided in order for the bunks shown to fit into the room as they do. Later, Burt and Verona are shown sitting at a table in another straight-sided mid-twentieth-century car, a dining or lounge car (it's not clear which) that does not resemble any such car that Amtrak has used in the past twenty-five years or more. See more »

Quotes

LN: [to Roderick] They bought us a stroller.
Burt Farlander: What's wrong with a stroller?
LN: I LOVE my babies. Why would I want to PUSH them away from me?
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Connections

Features The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Tambourine Man
Written by Bob Dylan
Sung by Maya Rudolph (uncredited)
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They discover that "they're not losers" after all
24 June 2009 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) Verona (Maya Rudolph) and Burt (John Krasinski) are an unmarried couple in their thirties, who are expecting their first child. They live in Denver close to Burt's parents, since Verona's parents had passed away. They thought their life was going great until they found out that Burt's parents were leaving the country for two years and would not be there for the birth of their grandchild. Verona and Burt decide to go on a road trip and travel around the U.S and Canada to find the perfect place to live to call home and bring up their child. They travel to Phoenix, Tucson, Madison, Montreal, and Miami where they either have relatives or friends living. Along the way, they are also looking for the perfect family as a role model for them to follow in raising their daughter. As with all new families, they discover their own way.

(My Comment) With each stop on their trip, they encounter their unsure future at being parents. As they travel around the country in search of a supporting family member, former coworkers, or college friend, what they expected usually turns out differently. They are more confused than before and see how difficult life is in raising a child. In the end they discover that "they're not losers" after all. The film delivers a good mix of hilarious comedy and human drama. Especially, the scene about the fruity taste is something you will never forget. There are plenty of funny scenes, but there are also some serious introspective moments as well. The movie doesn't offer any solutions to life except that you are on your own, and that is the way it should be. The character development was good, because you feel for them, and you want them to succeed. In the end they learn more about themselves as their love and their baby grows. I think any young couple can relate to this movie. (Focus Features, Run Time 1:38, Rated R) (6/10)


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