Away We Go is the newest movie from director Sam Mendes (Road to Perditiion, American Beauty) and, unlike his bigger budgeted studio productions; this feels like a labor of love; like an independent film. It’s a charming movie with just the right mix of humor, reality, and poignancy. It had this viewer laughing, relating, and crying at various times which, given my cynical view of Hollywood lately, is quite an achievement.
Oddly enough, it feels like the movie companion piece to a book I reviewed for momlogic called American Parent by Sam Apple. That book was about a soon-to-be father’s journey of discovery when his wife became pregnant. He researched various trends in parenting and giving birth, and approached it all with a healthy dose of wonder and are-you-kidding-me, when he dealt with some of the fringe movements.