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Away we go (2 stars)

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Away we go

(15) 97min

After Revolutionary Road, director Sam Mendes takes a turn for the worse with this naff impersonation of an independent American comedy road movie written by publisher and memoirist Dave Eggers and his Mrs (Vendela Vida).

Expectant parents Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) discover that the child’s paternal grandparents (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O’Hara) are moving away to Europe. So rather than stay in the rural town where they don’t know anyone, they begin visiting friends and family across America and Canada to try and find the perfect place to start their soon-to-be family.

With broadly comic cameos from Allison Janney and Maggie Gyllenhaal, slight humour and excruciating benign-yet-progressive sentiments, Away We Go is a film you will either love or hate. It takes a circuitous route to point out that the undereducated and overeducated of America and Canada are as deserving of contempt as each other and that sometimes it’s better to withdraw from the world into the privilege of the familial. It’s nauseating, superior and pat. The leads do, however, try hard to transcend the material and cinematographer Ellen Kuras gives a sly but ultimately vivid interpretation of the seeker-road genre, adding kudos to a project that probably does not deserve it.

General release from Fri 18 Sep.

Away We Go

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US/UK
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Written by: Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida
  • Cast: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Allison Janney, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Schneider

Expectant parents Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) visit friends and family across America and Canada to try and find the perfect place to start their soon-to-be family. Misguided and naff impersonation of an independent American comedy road movie.

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