What If Knocked Up Were a Hipster Emo Flick?
Below is the trailer for Away We Go. If I'd decided to produce my own hipster-becomes-parent indie flick, I don't think I could've come up with better principals. It's directed by Sam Mendes, who it appears was channeling Noah Baumbach fairly heavily (including choice of trailer music). But even more importantly, it was written by Dave Eggers and his wife, Vendela Vida. It stars full-beard Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, who you'd never guess would not only appear in a film like this, but actually look the part. There's also an array of site-friendly co-stars, including Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, Alison Janney, and Maggie Gylleenhaal.
It'd be presumptuous to assume that the movie is based on Eggers and Vida's own experiences, but there's a certain verisimilitude in the trailer that suggests as much -- a guy from suburban Illinois running in the circles he runs in with his wife (who is beautiful, but in my experience, kind of cold) during pregnancy. It looks like an indie-version of Knocked Up, and I kind of want to hug it.
Here's the studio description of Away We Go:
Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, this funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple (John Krasinski ["The Office'] and Maya Rudolph ["Saturday Night Live']), as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. The movie features the music of Alexi Murdoch.