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For the Love of Film...

Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

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Away We Go

Away We Go

Away We Go is a pleasant enough film, mildly humorous, but I really wanted to like it more than I did. John Krasinski does a good job, bringing a geniality and likability to his character, and Maya Rudolph turns in a remarkably fine performance in her first major role. The problem lies in the parade of dysfunctional characters whose lives they run through; while occasionally comedic, the deliberate quirkiness feels contrived and undermines the reality of the story. The usually reliable Sam Mendes, director of 1999 Best Picture American Beauty, lacks the right touch here, not quite able to balance out the light and heavy moments of the main characters’ journeys. Not really bad, but not particularly good either.

**¾ (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


2009 • 98 MINUTES
FOCUS FEATURES • EDWARD SAXON PRODUCTIONS • BIG BEACH FILMS • 
NEAL STREET PRODUCTIONS

STARRING
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JOHN KRASINSKIMAYA RUDOLPH

ALSO STARRING
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JEFF DANIELSMAGGIE GYLLENHAALALLISON JANNEYCHRIS MESSINACATHERINE O’HARAPAUL SCHNEIDER

WRITTEN BY
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DAVE EGGERS & VENDELA VIDA

DIRECTED BY
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SAM MENDES

NO 2009 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

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