Away We Go is a charming movie* about a couple in a long-term relationship (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) who suddenly discover that they are going to be parents. Very quickly the reality sets in and they look at their lives in a different way, questioning the path they have chosen together to this point. They decide that the solution is to find another place to live and begin a new life that they can be proud of and which can be conducive to child rearing.
Throughout their journey they reconnect with people they formerly respected only to find that they have problems with their own sanity (Allison Janney and Maggie Gyllenhaal) or life crisis (Chris Messina and Melanie Lynskey). Ultimately it is a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and an embarrassing of what life is really about.
I have to admit that I self-consciously laughed my socks off! The dark humor of this film was something that hit so close to home that I could really feel for the characters as they continued on their journey and met characters that seem so bizarre, even in their “sanity.”
While many would decry the morals and values of the characters, there is a very strong message about family, love, and commitment, though certainly not in the traditional sense. It says something about the values and perspective of our culture on what commitment in relationship is all about and what really does define marriage.
What does marriage mean to people who are not a part of a faith community? How do we define true love and commitment? What is genuine living and what could life look like if it was disguised to look real?
Frankly, I felt moved and challenged as I viewed my own life in light of how these characters felt. There are times when, looking around at others in my own life stage, I’ve wondered why my path seems to looks so much different from theirs.
* WARNING: this is definitely an adult movie. From the opening scene, there are sexual references (though they do contribute to the plot) as well as strong language. In spite of the content of such films, it is a personal perspective that we should seek out responsible ways to interface with our culture. Film, television, and other media can be opportunities to discover what is being said in our culture as well as opportunity to help us to be relevant in developing our response.