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Part of me completely forgot we were getting a double bill from director Sam Mendes this year (though, technically, it's last year and this year, but regardless it feels like we're getting two films from the man during a very short period of time). Once again Mendes returns to themes of family with Away We Go, however unlike Revolutionary Road, you probably won't have a desire to off yourself when the credits begin to roll.
What intrigues me most about Away We Go is its cast. Mendes went from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to a bearded John Krasinski and a pregnant Maya Rudolph. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you, it's just an odd pairing. The chemistry looks to be there, though, and the supporting cast is pretty fantastic with three power women leading the way in Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Catherine O'Hara. Oh, and Jeff Daniels squeezes himself in there too.
Watching the trailer, this doesn't feel like a Mendes film. It sorta gives me this ultra indie, hippie-ish Noah Baumbach funny (yet tender) dysfunctional family vibe (it was written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, so maybe that's where it's coming from). Yes, I dig it ... though I'm hoping its charm turns out to be unique, and not just another piece off the Little Miss Sunshine gravy train. Watch it below and let us know what you think. Does it have potential? Away We Go hits theaters in limited release on June 5.