Away We Go is a charming enough road trip about two seemingly sensible people in a crazy and insensitive world.
Burt and Verona (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) are an unmarried thirtysomething couple soon to have a daughter.
The two have been stuck in their student ways even though they are surviving nicely — she as an illustrator, he selling insurance. But with the coming of parenthood, they decide it's time to act more adult and find the best place to raise a kid.
As they travel around the United States and Canada, they visit friends and family, all whom seem in some sort of disrepair or denial.
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Directed by Sam Mendes and written by married novelists Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, Away We Go could rub some people the wrong way.
Burt and Verona seem a bit too nice and everybody else a bit too screwed up. But most of us have a tendency to see negatives in other people and not see the stress or problems they have.
Burt and Verona are likable, but they're also underachievers. They're not married because they are afraid to mess up.
What the road trip does with some sharply observed laughs and even poignancy is give them a chance to move on. Away We Go also benefits from nice supporting turns by Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Melanie Lynskey and Catherine O'Hara.
Away We Go retails for $29.98 and $39.98 on Blu-ray.