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Baby mama drama in AWAY WE GO

It’s an interesting enough starting point: What do two people with only vague ambitions and low funds (low enough to have a cardboard window in their dilapidated trailer but not low enough, oddly, to fly all around the US and Canada) do when they discover they’re having a baby in a town where they no longer know anyone? Road trip! Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) go from Phoenix to Madison to Montreal to Miami to visit one wacky friend after another, from comically slutty Allison Janney to comically new age-y Maggie Gyllenhaal. And what do the perfectly likable duo learn? Nobody’s perfect.

Unfortunately, neither is this film, even with a first rate director, cast, and writing team. It moves us from one perfectly constructed moment to the next with no overlapping. Characters make cameos throughout Burt and Verona’s journey and then disappear. It might all fall flat except that Burt and Verona are, indeed, well drawn and well acted even if they do share some moments that are a touch too tender. These moments, which are sweet enough on their own get downright sappy against Nick Drake-reincarnate Alexi Murdoch’s overpowering score. But maybe these are just rude quips about a film which is so agreeable overall and does what so many films fail to do: come full circle to a satisfying and fitting conclusion.

AWAY WE GO, directed by Sam Mendes, written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida opens June 19th.