Away We Go

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Parent-to-be drama meanders but wraps up poignantly.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The lead characters are very mindful of the enormity of their responsibilities. But a mother ridicules her kids and talks openly about wanting to leave their father, and another couple is openly judgmental of other people's parenting decisions. Grandparents-to-be don't seem to care to stay for the birth of their first grandchild. A lead character flings a stream of insults at old friends he feels are acting self-righteous. And a tipsy mom is rude to her children and much too generous with back-handed compliments.


An earthy couple gives off a very sexual vibe; they drop hints about wanting sex in front of others. The wife inadvertently reveals her breast as she adjusts after breastfeeding. Another woman does a sensual dance on a stripper stage; it plays with melancholy, though, as her husband shares a tragedy with his friend while his wife dances.


Frequent use of words like "s--t," "f--k," "damn," "c--t," "tits," "ass," "goddamn," and "oh my God." Overall, though the language is strong, it's less gratuitous than in some movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking in bars and over dinner. One couple drinks all day long.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that older teens may be intrigued by this indie drama because of star John Krasinski and writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Its unvarnished look at different types of parenting, though exaggerated for cinematic effect, hits home and could very well prompt some internal analysis. Expect a range of strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), some sexuality (including a glimpse of a bare breast), and social drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byeilanna537 September 9, 2018

Realistic Romance

Not the typical love story portrayed in other films. The main character offer a realistic portrayal of a healthy relationship.
Adult Written bywonder dove July 3, 2013

Expected more from it.

The movie was good, but I was expecting more of a heartwarming drama. It was a bit bland and I was surprised by the amount of sexual stuff throughout..didn... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydwiggit101 December 29, 2009

Good for pretty much everyone!

This movie has some infrequent strong language and a semi-sex scene at the beginning (No nudity.) It is a very sweet movie with some good insights on how to bui... Continue reading

What's the story?

Unmarried but decidedly committed to each other, 33-year-old Verona (Maya Rudolph) and Burt (John Krasinski) learn they're having a baby, a discovery that sends them on a journey to a handful of cities to find out where they ought to settle down and raise their family. Their travels take them to Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, and Canada, where acquaintances, friends, and relatives live. The visits are memorable for the catastrophes that Burt and Verona encounter, churning up worries both geographic and existential: Which is the best place to live and, more importantly, just what kind of parents will they become?

Is it any good?

Put it this way: It sure takes a long time for AWAY WE GO to get anywhere, but once there, the full impact of its storyline hits you behind the knees. Director Sam Mendes, who frames his scenes beautifully, meanders, and consequently, the film can grate like a too-long road trip. But, just like most long car rides, the destination feels worthy of all the trouble it took to get there, even if it doesn't erase it altogether.

Written by novelist Dave Eggers and his wife/fellow writer, Vendela Vida, the script feels fresh and new, stripped of the usual mileposts (the caricatures, the not-so-surprising twists). The actors do their work justice: Maggie Gyllenhaal is hilarious as an Earth mother far too earthy for her own good, and Krasinski is a lovable, slightly lost teddy bear of a boyfriend, wonderfully giving and sometimes inept. But the film is all Rudolph's. A comic veteran of Saturday Night Live, she's surprisingly potent in a drama; when the camera lingers on her, the worry is palpable. And when she gets her heartening ending, it's hard not to care.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about parenthood. How is this movie different from typical movies that take on the issue of parenting? Does it have any definitive answers about what makes someone a good or bad parent?

  • What are Bur tand Verona's worries about parenthood? Does all their fretting make them seem like they’ll actually be great parents -- or just neurotic?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love dramas and travel

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