A disclaimer for the dudes. If you plan to have ladies in your life, then you are going to be watching movies about love, babies, and couples. That being said… this movie is FUNNY. If you’re drinking water you might choke on it, and then need to drink more to fix the choking, but that never helps if it’s water your choking on, now does it? Watch this movie and don’t drink anything.
Oscar winner Sam Mendes churns out one of his best movies to date with Away We Go. It’s a good gauge of comedy in fact, if you think it’s too “cutesy” or “hipsterish” or any of those words… then you’re a snob. It was simply good R-rated comedy, with funny people all over it.
Quote: I do. Chechnyan orphans. I do. I do.
A nice movie about a couple in their early thirties, expecting their first child. In the 6th month of their pregnancy, Bert (John Krasinski) and his girlfriend Verona (Maya Rudolph) are made aware that Bert’s parents are leaving the country for two years. They are bummed out to say the least and decide immediately that they should go away too, far away. The question is where? Phoenix? Miami? Montreal? They do what we’ve all always wanted to do. They just decide to go anywhere they know someone and decide whether or not to move there (guess who’s got two thumbs and has always wanted to do that). They travel along visiting friends and relatives, acquainting themselves with the reality of life in the people they see, and have hilarious conversation all the way through.
They get to visit with crazy friends here, some whacked hippies there, siblings, old college friends, you name it. Some are very funny and remind them of the joys that lie ahead later in life; others throw some harsh reality right into their faces.
This isn’t your run of the mill rom-com, and thankfully they aren’t the same damn actors we see in all those run of the mill rom-coms. Mendes brought together an excellent cast of comedians for this atypical comedy that is off the beaten path.
THE LIST: Certain folk just ran away from their type cast, and it works.
1. John Krasinski
If you read my 500 Days of Summer post, then you’ll recall my comparison of myself to eclectic male characters in their 30s, particularly the romantic funny guys. Well, Krasinski’s portrayal of Bert (and what a hilarious name, too) follows right along with the likes of Tom Hansen, or even Rob Gordon (who I’ll get to eventually). Most known for his squeaky-clean character Jim on the office, Krasinski has had fairly average Joe characters; this was a nice jump away from that, to this off-color dork, Bert. Just a good character all day.
He has some hilarious scenes, like trying to pretend he’s older, selling insurance to business men on the phone, or pretending to scream at his girl in public to get? them monitor the babies heartbeats. I was crying on the floor laughing, legit.
2. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Another leap away from her average roles, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays this HORRIFIC over-the-top hippie, who practices “continuum” and “family bed.” The worst part is that these people actually exist. They are honestly just there for our main characters to play off of, but take a good look, cause they seem like ALIENS. Their hatred for strollers alone will put you into hysterics, so long as you have a working pulse.
3. Allison Janney
Unfiltered, unrestrained R-rated Allison Janney. Once the powerful C.J. Cregg on The West Wing, and off-color stepmother to Ellen Page’s Juno. Janney plays a wacko wife and mother with no filter to speak of. The things that come out of her mouth, and in front of her kids, no less, are sure you send you off the deep end. I can’t tell you how hard I was laughing during her time on screen. Priceless.
(end of THE LIST)
The soundtrack is kinda perfect too. For the most part, it’s a collection of music from singer / songwriter Alexi Murdoch, with one song each from Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Velvet Underground and The Stranglers. Away We Go had a fresh take on an otherwise same-old-story idea about young people in love and searching for happiness. It was different, and great.
Some of my local baristas have showed this blog some love (and this librarian). They made a special request for coverage of this gem, so this one was for them.