Here's what's good about "Away We Go":
In one scene, folk icon Vashti Bunyan's song "Just Another Diamond Day" is playing in the background.
Here's what's bad about "Away We Go":
Just about everything else.
Well, the cast is strong; apart from the leads, there are quite a few notable performers, from Allison Janney and Jeff Daniels to Jim Gaffigan and Catherine O'Hara. That's why I gave this film a second star. But they are wasted here.
At various points, nearly every character is yelling "f" this or "f" that, making raunchy sex references, and/or acting in stupid bizarre ways. The filmmakers seemed to be alternating between trying to make us laugh and tugging at our emotions. Their mix of personal friction, cursing, and absurd behavior doesn't succeed on either count.
The best way I can sum this film up is to say that if you thought that the total mess of a movie titled "This Is 40" was entertaining, you might like "Away We Go". Otherwise, steer clear.