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Away We Go

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Francois Duhamel

Away We Go

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
97 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/05/09
performer:
John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara
director:
Sam Mendes
author:
Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B-

Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release date: June 5

When Revolutionary Road director (and Office fan) Mendes first asked Krasinski to play an earnest expectant father in Away We Go, the actor kept his excitement in check. ”When do I have to audition against 74 other guys,” he remembers thinking, ”and when will you tell me Ryan Gosling wants to do it?” Turns out Krasinski was Mendes’ first choice for Burt, who joins his pregnant girlfriend, Verona (Rudolph), on a cross-country search for the right place to call home. The supporting cast includes such character actors as Allison Janney and Catherine O’Hara, but Krasinski says the film’s highlight is Rudolph’s turn as a tender woman adrift. ”Every day on set she’d say, ‘I’m not an actress!”’ the actor recalls. ”But she turns in one of the best female performances I’ve seen in years.” For her part, Rudolph says she relished the change after her seven-year stint on Saturday Night Live: ”It was a breath of fresh air to play a girl who is more like me.”