Friday, July 23, 2010

Away We Go

That's the title of the latest selection from our friends at Netflix.

What else is there to do on a Friday night than to sit at home and watch a DVD, right? Gotta love this recession . . .

Anyway, this flick centers on a couple who are expecting the birth of their first child. The baby-daddy is played by John Krasinski, the tall goofy guy from "The Office." The expectant mother is played by Maya Rudolph, of SNL fame.

Sidebar. Two pieces of trivia on Ms. Rudolph that make me like her: 1. She was born in Gainesville, Florida (GO GATORS!); 2. Her mom was Minnie Riperton, the lady who hit the high notes in that old soul song "Lovin' You."

Ok, back on track, now.

So, this couple finds out that the paternal grandparents (Catherine O'Hara and Jeff Daniels) are flaking-out and moving to Antwerp at the last minute. That gets them to thinking they should consider moving somewhere new themselves. So, the film follows them all over North America in the quest for a nest.

First stop: Tucson, Arizona. There they quickly learn they do not want to live anywhere near a former co-worker and her husband (hillariously played by Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan).

Second stop: Madison, Wisconsin. There they discover a cousin (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) has grown up to become an insufferable militant neo-hippie. Scratch cheeseland off the list.

Third stop: Montreal, Canada. Here they actually have a pretty good time with old college buddies, and seriously consider moving to the great white north. But, then they get a call from the baby-daddy's brother . . .

Fourth stop: Miami, Florida. They find baby-daddy's sister-in-law has left the nest. A bunch of interpersonal issues fly around, centered on a trampouline in the backyard.

Final stop: . . . . wait, I'm not going to give away the ending! Watch it yourself!

Bottom line: Until the economy turns around, this'll do for a Friday night.



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