Judd: Every once in a while Tom and I get treated to an indie-flick that the studios think may be a crossover hit. These are my favorite films, and I love to drag Tom along with me because it gives him a taste of what I have to go through 20 times a year with mainstream pieces of shit like “The Proposal”. This summer’s potential crossover is called Away We Go and it’s about a pregnant couple (SNL’s Maya Rudolph and The Office’s John Krasinski) who are trying to find a place to settle down and raise a family.
Swanner: Treated? This was no treat and I can’t believe you have the nerve to slap down The Proposal over 97 minutes of quirky indie crap. I’m glad that Sam Mendes is making more movies but he’s not putting the same effort into this one that he has in the past. When you’re making a road movie don’t tell us at the beginning where they are going ‘cause I was counting down the cities every time it got boring…which it did a lot. The actors are really good but the script, as good as it is, is poorly constructed. The movie starts off hilarious and by the end I was considering suicide.
Judd: That’s how I feel about every romcom – except there’s nothing hilarious about them and I’m considering suicide by the end of the opening credits. Now I will grant you that Away We Go was a little maudlin by the end, and the movie would have done better to disperse the depressing stuff throughout the story. I will also agree that there were some scenes that were pointlessly “quirky” for quirkiness’ sake. Pointlessly quirky is kind of like the gratuitous pillow fights in those chick flicks you like so much. It’s something we both have to stomach as best as we can.
Swanner: I just kept envying all those people walking out of the movie last night. How did you like the “indie” title cards they kept slapping up on screen to tell you where there next location was. I’m sure they got some 5 years olds with sharpie’s to make them. I don’t want to totally dog the movie. As I said the cast was good. I thought Catherine O’Hara, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Allison Janney were outstanding in supporting roles and the two leads do a fine job. My big problem still seems to be the positioning of the script and the pacing that are my stumbling blocks.
Judd: I didn’t mind the indie title cards. They were very Wes Anderson, though they weren’t done in the Futura typeface that he likes to use. The movie is basically a set of vignettes as Rudolph and Krasinski try to find a place to settle and each family they visit has their quirks. Gyllenhaal and her husband are a horrible hippie couple. I thought they were hysterical because I dated (yes, I’ve had relationships) someone just like her and he was an equally pretentious hippie. But Janney was by far the best character in the film. What a hysterically awful mother!
Swanner: Let’s not forget I sat in front of Darth Vader. At first I thought he was asleep…that I could understand but then the person he was with asked him a question I realized that it was the sound of him breathing. The theatre was like a Cambodian sweat shop, and I hate the chairs ‘cause they’re like some child’s ride as they wiggle from side to side. All this added up to a night in hell. I’d rather be dragged behind a car than sit through that again.
Judd: Aww, you poor thing. I have to suffer through walks on the beach, shopping sequences, pillow fights, women falling off their shoes, bridesmaids fighting, the “hysterical” results of miscommunication, Stanley Tucci being a eunuch, Diane Keaton being “goofy”, Kate Hudson being Kate Hudson, and full grown women lip-syncing with hairbrushes to 70s pop songs in their underwear and then falling down laughing and exhausted. And I suffer through this crap at a rate of twice a month. Twice a month! Women don’t even get their periods that often! So fuck you! The next romcom we go to I’ll gladly drag you behind a car.
Swanner: 2 Stars (for the performances)
Judd: 4 Stars