What was once grist for piercing satire is now the stuff of whimsical, behind-the-beat comedy! Or maybe this is satire, and the trailer just isn't making that clear!
Not that I was expecting Sam Mendes to deliver LOST IN AMERICA for the hipster age - not when he's working from a script by the earnest-ish duo of Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. AWAY WE GO stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as a poor, unsettled married couple who roam the United States looking for the ideal place to raise their soon-to-arrive first child. Along the way, they drop in on their respective, garishly eccentric brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers, and presumably learn that "normal" is a big ol' heap of hooey. Why do I get the feeling there's going to be some Devendra Banhart on this soundtrack (to complement the Alexi Murdoch tune which scores the trailer)?
Though I've yet to connect with one of Mendes's films (his work for the stage is an entirely different matter), I really am looking forward to AWAY WE GO - which opens in limited release on June 5th. Eggers and Vida are both fine writers, Krasinski and Rudolph are always interesting, and what's not to like about a supporting cast which includes Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Schneider, Jim Gaffigan and Josh Hamilton (Grover!)?
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