, 98 min, 2009
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 (Baby Neptune), Jaden Spitz (Baby Neptune), Chris Messina (Tom). Directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Peter Saraf, Edward Saxon, Marc Turtletaub. Screenplay by Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida.
Sam Mendes’ Away We Go is about a couple searching for a home. Simple as that. It is a delightful, sardonically witty, finally moving film about a couple who are more-than-slightly aloof, intelligent but inexperienced in the basic upper echelons of life, who suddenly and quite unexpectedly become untethered from the obligations of living close to family and who go out searching, in a sense, for the American Dream. Mendes’ best films have been about this sort of search, but never before have his characters been set free from the trap of suburban hell. Continue reading