Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Dead Parents

HuffPost Review: Away We Go, by Marshall Fine. Emphasis mine.

You're a couple in your mid-30s, expecting a baby, suddenly shorn of the anchor tethering you to a hometown you're not that crazy about. Now what?

That's the conundrum confronting Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) in Sam Mendes' Away We Go, from a script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Burt and Verona are only a couple months away from parenthood, when Burt's parents (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O'Hara) announce that they're moving to Europe for two years -- before the baby is born.

Since being close to Burt's parents (Verona's are dead) is the only reason they've stayed in Connecticut, Burt and Verona decide to hit the road, visiting friends, siblings and relatives around the country, auditioning potential new places to relocate.

That's what happened in Flashdance, too: ethnically ambiguous characters in movies often get no family because you would have to admit that they aren't white, as I have mentioned before. The most egregious rendering of this in my recollection was on One Tree Hill when Haley's parents, sister, and son all ended up being white people, even though Haley is clearly not a white person.

In conclusion, I will probably see the movie anyway. Also, John Krasinski: what is up with that beard?



Veruca Salt said...

i hear you on that one. Rashida jones parents were dead in I love you Man. And all her friends were white. Come on interracial marriage is legal and alive and at the point where mixed people are with other kinds of mixed people. I guess America can't be the melting pot it is supposed to be when you are looking to make money.

Bianca Reagan said...

I didn't know that. That's messed up. When basic cable reality shows like Kendra and For the Love of Ray J handle interracial relationships and parents better than an A-list mainstream movie, or even a B-list indie one, there is a serious problem in the media generated in this "post-racial" USA.