Picks and Pans Review: Away We Go

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph R |

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Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph)—in their 30s but still barely settled—are expecting a baby. Hoping to find the perfect place to call home before starting diaper duty, the two embark on a city-hopping journey to visit family and friends (the film brims with sensational cameos, including those by Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara and Jeff Daniels) in a terrific comic drama. As deftly directed by Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road), Away We Go is often as breezy as its title, bursting with manic energy. But as the couple discover they must map out their own path and not model themselves on others, it can be poignant and even heartbreaking. Krasinski and, especially, Rudolph give inspired performances—creating vivid characters who are singular and yet everyday enough that you could easily bump into them at the supermarket.

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