AWAY WE GO
There's something so utterly winning about this romantic comedy directed by Sam Mendes and with a smart, funny script by real-life married authors Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Verona (Maya Rudolph) and Burt (John Krasinski), an unmarried couple expecting their first child, decide to visit friends and relatives around the country and Canada to see if they should relocate. But instead, each encounter makes them more fearful of what it will be like to be parents. There's a crass, scarily funny woman (Allison Janney) in Phoenix, a preposterous hippie couple (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Josh Hamilton) with a psychotic aversion to strollers in Madison, and Burt's brother (Paul Schneider), whose wife has abandoned him and their young daughter in Miami. The crux of the film is the totally believable, loving relationship between Burt and Verona, which makes the ending doubly poignant and achingly romantic.