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Questions to Consider:

  • How does this movie’s treatment of body image issues compare to other movies you’ve seen?
  • What is Verona (Maya Rudolph)’s reaction when the airline attendants tell her she’s too big to fly? (see video at right)
  • How much is Verona worried about her own body?

What We Think:
The film “Away We Go” (2009) is a sweet story of a couple traveling in the United States and Canada, seeking the right home for them as they welcome their new baby. Maya Rudolph’s character, Verona, is six months pregnant, and she experiences many comments about her growing belly. But the most body-positive part of the film happens when Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona hang out on their friend’s trampoline and talk about all their hopes and promises for how they will parent their baby. Here’s a transcript, from the screenplay:

Verona: Do you promise that when she talks, you’ll listen—like really listen—especially when she’s scared? And that her fights will be your fights?

Burt: I do. And do you promise to let our daughter be fat or skinny or any weight at all because we want her to be happy no matter what, and eating disorders are too cliché for our daughter?

Verona: I do.

Bravo to screenwriters Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida and director Sam Mendes for acknowledging that a girls’ body image—and her parents’ lack of judgment—is so important to her self-esteem.

–Jennifer Berger


Shannon Rednour, General Manager
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