Monday, June 22, 2009

Away We Go

Remember that first time you saw a + sign on the little stick a few minutes after you peed on it? Remember that feeling of elation and excitement? And how--either immediately or eventually--the excitement distilled into a quieter, heavier feeling, something like: Holy $%*! Am I even remotely qualified for this job?

Well, last night Papa and I saw this exact feeling played out in the new Sam Mendes film, Away We Go. The film--co-written by one of the 21st century's most talented wordsmiths, Dave Eggers--follows one couple (played by John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) on their search for the perfect location to raise their family. What they find along the way, of course, has more to do with the geography of the heart. Funny and sad and riddled with inspired performances (especially Rudolph's) this is one of the best films I've seen in a long time. (It's also one of the only films I've seen in a long time, but don't let this fact diminish my praise; this is a fantastic film.)

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