I’ve read a few good books and seen a few good movies this summer that I’ve been meaning to write about. Now that my summer class is over and I have 3 weeks to get caught up on everything I’ve missed out on the last 2 months, I finally have some time to decompress about it. First up? Away We Go
Sum up – two 30-somethings find out they’re expecting a kid and suddenly start questioning everything. Once they realize they have nothing holding them to their current home, they go off exploring in an attempt to find the kind of life they envision themselves having. Suddenly everyone they seek out becomes a template for a possible life and their confidence plummets as they realize their once-close friends haven’t grown up to the be the best parents, sometimes the people you love don’t always make the decisions you want them to make, and sometimes life isn’t fair to those who deserve it most. They navigate the meaning of their relationship through their friends’ relationships. When they find out that they can’t define who they are through other people, they are forced into a life of their own. Through their self doubts and misconceptions about what it means to be a family, they find the confidence they need to start a family.
Why do I like this movie? Maya Rudolph was awesome. I am so used to her sarcastic voice that has a slight lift at the end everything she says on Saturday Night Live I kept listening for it so I could say “Aha, there it is, I knew she couldn’t be that normal…” It never happened, her character was relatable, likable, level-headed, and she didn’t make pregnancy come across as an experience essential to declaring yourself a woman.
But mostly I like it because of one line in particular. At one point along their journey, Maya’s character turns to Jim Krasinki’s character and wonders out loud “It’s like we’re the only people in love” (but don’t quote me on that, I couldn’t find the exact line). I would argue that if you haven’t felt that at some point in your life, you have never been in love. There’s nothing over the top, there’s no need for a dramatic break up to rediscover why you fell in love in the first place, there’s no need to doubt why you love the person you’re with. You just do the best you can.
I think I like it because I believe that these 2 characters really are in love and I want them to know how much I believe in them throughout the movie. But even if I were able tell them, they would still have to figure it out on their own. And they do.