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Away We Go (2009)



Critic Consensus: Built on a set of quirks and charms that are as noticeable as they are interchangeable, Away We Go is a sweet but uneven road trip.

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This funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise 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.

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Josh Hamilton
as Roderick
Finnerty Steeves
as Professor Ruby
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Performance Mom
Pete Wiggins
as Beckett
Tory Wood
as Carrie
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Critic Reviews for Away We Go

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (46)

Sam Mendes' Away We Go is two thirds of a good film. Many good laughs. A decent concept. No follow through.

December 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Mendes paints in broad strokes, but in this case he seems little more than an interpreter of his screenwriters' obsession with innocence.

December 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Away We Go is the cinematic equivalent of Innocent smoothies: it appears to talk like 'us', while all the time reducing us to another consumer demographic.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

That every supporting character is depicted as insufferable or pitiable or both would be bad enough; what's worse is that the couple discover nothing about themselves that wasn't obvious from the opening.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Away We Go is a reminder that being a successful author does not mean you can dash off a screenplay without learning the craft.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Away We Go has an easy, no-particular-place-to-go looseness that doesn't bear too close a scrutiny, but has a certain likability.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Away We Go

With terrific performances and a wonderful soundtrack, this sweet, sensitive and funny road movie proves to be both heartwarming and sharp as Mendes' previous works - and the whole scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal in Madison is just priceless.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Was never going to be a movie for me - couple in their 30's (she looking way older), discover they are about to become parents and go on a road trip to find a new home to bring up the baby. I really hated the portal of the parents as selfish for moving away to fulfill a life long dream. The couple came across as way more selfish for not being happy for them. Some of the other women in this were not convincing either. One still breast feeding her toddler (okay, I realise there women who do this, but all the other stuff as well?) and the "perfect" mum who goes pole dancing to deal with her sadness over miscarriage. The guy dresses like a dork all the way through this and looks about 20. The vagina line made me cringe too, plus the opening scene. Just two people you don't want to think of in that context! It has its nice moments, it's not all horrible, and I'm glad I got to see it, but it's certainly not a movie I ever want to see again.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Sam Mendes' 'Away We Go' is a new, refreshing step for the director that is very welcome. He and his actors create a perfect sense of pathos and charm that captures the viewer. John Krasinski exudes quirk and carries most of the comedic work in the film, while Maya Rudolph seems to perfectly ground his eccentric character. Both are the reason this romantic comedy exceeds all expectations.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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