Monday, July 06, 2009

Away We Go

Away We Go is a new movie starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. I saw it today with my wife and several other family members. It's rated R for some strong language and sexual dialogue. With that caveat, I recommend it as a movie with a positive message about love and family. Which is ironic, considering Krasinski and Rudolph play an unmarried couple living together and expecting their first child. More on that later.

Burt and Verona are deeply in love and expecting a baby in three months. They embark on a road trip to find a place to settle down and call home prior to the arrival of their baby. Along the way they visit old friends and close and distant relatives, seeking to discover if they could tolerate life in the same city with them. These visits turn into several hilarious encounters and awkward conversations that keep the movie very entertaining. I laughed a lot at some of the weird people that dot the landscape of Burt and Verona's past.

That's pretty much the plot of the movie until the end, which I won't give away. Suffice to say that a home is found, and Burt and Verona share some touching and inspiring moments that reinforce the bond between them and their unborn child.

As I said, Burt and Verona are not married. Nevertheless, the overall message of the film is that marriage is a good thing, that it's made of commitment, and that children are a blessing. Those are messages that rarely come out of Hollywood. It was refreshing to see some of the characters in the movie genuinely enjoying their spouses, adopting children, grieving miscarriage, and staying together in spite of hardship. Near the end of the movie, Burt and Verona visit Burt's brother, whose wife had recently left him. The devastating effects of divorce upon a child are presented with unmistakable clarity.

One interesting side note is that the final scenes were filmed in nearby Leesburg, Florida.

I thought Krasinski and Rudolph are quite believable in their roles. The supporting cast is terrific. It's a simple, low-budget film that (similar to Juno, for example) uses broken, erring people to reinforce family values.

There is something deep in the human heart that aches not only for God but for human community. Whether in the form of marriage, family, or friendship, we need people to survive. I think this movie scores an A+ illustrating this Biblical truth.

1 comment:

jason said...

i've been wanting to see this one. glad to read your positive review!