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Away We Go Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

Time to grow up. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    58

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Though it's nice to see Mendes take a looser, not quite so studied approach to his filmmaking, some stops along the way -- like a detour to visit Burt's suddenly single brother (Paul Schneider) -- feel dramatically off-course.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A gilded entry in the cinema du quirk. It's a movie that invites you, all too often, to feel superior to the people on screen.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A movie with memorable and engaging performances.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Burt and Verona are two characters rarely seen in the movies: thirtysomething, educated, healthy, self-employed, gentle, thoughtful, whimsical, not neurotic and really truly in love.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Parent-to-be drama meanders but wraps up poignantly.

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.

  • 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 theirfretting make them seem like they’ll actually be great parents -- orjust neurotic?

The good stuff
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    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 areacting self-righteous. And a tipsy mom is rude to her children and much toogenerous with back-handed compliments.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false2

    Sex: 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.

  • language false4

    Language: 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.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking in bars and over dinner. One couple drinks all day long.

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