Lunch and a Matinee is the Joyfully Retired version of Dinner and a Movie. After all, we can go any time the theatre is open. I must confess it still feels like we’re playing hooky when we go to the movies on a weekday afternoon.
This movie was showing at what many people call an Art House Theater. I have no idea why. It did not seem like an art film to me. It was a very middle-of-the-road, heart-warming type of film. Here is the synopsis:
Mid-thirtysomethings Burt and Verona are a loving couple. They are having a baby together and they’re very happy about it. They are happy that they made the decision to move close to Burt’s parents as they want to share the experience with the baby’s grandparents. Verona’s own parents died over ten years earlier, a situation about which she doesn’t like to talk about. Verona and Burt learn that Jerry and Gloria are moving to Antwerpen, Belgium the month before the baby is due, just because it’s something they’ve always wanted to do. Burt and Verona don’t understand this move but they have mobile jobs so Burt and Verona decide to move. The goal is to share their new family experience with people that they love and who also share their desire for a positive family environment. The question is where should they move to. They decide to take a trip to meet with old friends and relatives and pick a place from there. The film is about the various places they visit and the people and the family situations in each place.
I didn’t recognize any of the actors except one minor one (Alison Janney who played CJ on West Wing). So it felt as if I was watching real people with this real problem. I laughed and had a few tears. They had me feeling their dilemma. It was much later when I learned the actors are not unknown. Burt is played by John Krasinski best known as Jim Halpert on The Office. Verona is play by Maya Rudolph who is a regular on Saturday Night Live.
In addition to a very engaging story and believable acting, the music was amazing. It wasn’t overwhelming the way some soundtracks are. I waited around through all the credits at the end just so I could see who did the music. Then it ran so fast that I couldn’t catch it. I just came home and ordered the whole soundtrack. It turns out most of the music was by Alexi Murdoch, who was unknown to me. There was also a Bob Dylan piece and a George Harrison number. The whole experience was good: very good movie and a new music cd. Try them and see what you think.
What to have for lunch that would go with a movie like Away We Go? Since Verona was pregnant and they seemed to be aiming for a healthy life, I got a Roasted Chicken Chopped Salad at Panera Bread with a small baguette. I’ll confess that I did have a cookie though (oatmeal raisin). Oatmeal and raisins are healthy, right?