We watched Away We Go tonight, and it completely exceeded my expectations. I remember seeing the previews, but never thought a ton about it, since those were before we were pregnant.
It's a coming of age movie, so you know on that alone I'm going to like it. It explores a lot of very relevant themes to me, about figuring out what home is, what family is and what it means to truly have an excellent relationship. I could get all analytical about it and tell you about what I think its lessons are, but whatever, take what you will from it. My take away was simply that you're only as much of a "fuck up" (as the movie puts it) as you allow yourself to be.
The performances were amazing. Yes, folks, Maya Rudolph can in fact act, really well. She's funny, charming, sweet and wonderful, almost in spite of her SNL upbringing. Allison Janney gives what might be the comedic performance of her lifetime. Maggie Gyllenhaal is brilliant as usual. Even the relative nobodies and B-actors are great. I think part of that is just that the screenplay is so good. I absolutely loved it.
And the opening scene is true. I knew before we knew, and I'll leave it at that.