Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski in ‘Away We Go’/Photo © Focus Features
Away We Go is a 2009 original screenplay from Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Verona and Burt are expecting a baby and set out across the U.S. to find the perfect place to raise their child. On their way, they discover their very own sense of “home” via odd encounters with strangers and relatives.
The 2009 film was directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”, ” Revolutionary Road”). Comedic auteurs John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph brought their unique humor to the screenplay, and, coupled with Mendes’ direction and the accompanying acting talents of Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jeff Daniels, the resulting product is quite simply, quite lovely. The story touches the heart — and the funny bone. And the script is worth a read to catch every last bit of the nuanced dialogue.