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Lunch and a Matinee: Away We Go

AwayWeGoLunch 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.

BurtVeronaMy opinion:

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?

Away We Go Available on DVD at Amazon

Away We Go Soundtrack Available at Amazon

7 comments to Lunch and a Matinee: Away We Go

  • I haven’t heard of that movie, but it sounds very good – I’ll have to see if it’s showing here.

  • I haven’t heard of the movie either, but I’ll look for it. And Oatmeal and raisins are definitely healthy!

  • I had heard of that – but I thought it was a comedy because of the 2 actors in the lead roles. You describe a very touching drama. Maybe it is an Independent Film on a small budget and that is why it is playing in the smaller theater? Oatmeal raisins are my favorite – don’t ever tell me they aren’t healthy.

  • I never heard of it either, but I tend to be out of the cultural mainstream these days! And you have my vote that oatmeal and raisins are healthy, even if they’re inside a cookie!

  • I haven’t heard of this film. It sounds very interesting. I loved the West Wing and thought that the entire cast was a great ensemble. I will probably purchase this when it comes out on DVD – just because Allison Janney has a minor role.

  • I saw previews of this movie and it got my attention. I will definitely get it to watch once it comes out on DVD and yes, raisins and oatmeal are very healthy!!

  • I want to see this movie, but it did not play here. I’ll have to wait fore Netflix. I love going to the movies during the week in the afternoon. I feel a little naughty :)

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