What in the world did we ever do to deserve Allison Janney? That’s what I kept thinking throughout the sun-dappled trailer for Away We Go, which looks like the perfect tonic director Sam Mendes needed after wading through the two hours of soul-crushing anti-romantic venom coursing through Revolutionary Road. (And, by the way, I liked that movie.) The Office‘s John Krasinski and Saturday Night Live‘s Maya Rudolph play thirtysomething expectant parents who launch themselves on a country-wide trek to find the best place to start their family. Right there, we’ve got two winning-but-unexpected faces leading a major motion picture, and the delightful casting choices just keep coming: Jeff Daniels and Catherine O’Hara as Krasinski’s flaky parents, Maggie Gyllenhaal as a pretentious parent with a thing against strollers, and My Boys‘ Jim Gaffigan and the aforementioned Ms. Janney as parents hilariously unsentimental about their kids. Check the trailer out below.
Yep, the movie really is penned by lit world A-lister Dave Eggers and his novelist wife Vendela Vida. But nope, the movie isn’t coming out this fall, a.k.a. the season for smaller movies made for adults. Focus Features is launching this film into limited release starting on June 5. Whatcha think, Popwatchers? Will this be the perfect tonic audiences need after wading through a month’s worth of CGI spectacle? Or will its seemingly subtle sensibility be steamrolled by so many superheroes swooping over the (for lack of an appropriate s-word) box office? And, truly, shouldn’t Allison Janney be in everything?