Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Movie Review: Another Must-See for Fans of The Office

Are you a fan of tv's The Office? Are you already missing the great cast during the summer hiatus? Well, you're in luck. Most of the sitcom's actors are in films this summer -- so just head to your local movie theater to see them.

If you hurry, you can still catch Melora Hardin (Jan) in two earlier spring releases: 17 Again and Hannah Montana, The Movie. Mindy Kalling (Kelly), Craig Robinson (Darryl) and Ed Helms (Andy) all appear in the Night at the Museum sequel. And Helms is also one of the groomsmen in the current #1 movie (and must-see), The Hangover.

Later this month, Oscar Nuñez (Oscar) shows up as a jack-of-all-trades in The Proposal, while Rainn Wilson (Dwight) plays a professor in the Transformers sequel. Late this August, look for B.J. Novak (Ryan) in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

But it's John Krasinski (Jim) who has a LEADING role in a movie this summer -- and here is my review...

Away We Go

Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) follows last year's under-rated dark drama, Revolutionary Road, with this wonderful lighter drama/comedy. Both Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and John Krasinski (The Office) are revelations as a young couple traveling across the United States and into Canada in search of the perfect place to raise their soon-to-be-born baby.

Along the way, they reunite with family members and some friends from their past -- many who are completely off-the-wall. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine O'Hara and Alison Janney are especially good in supporting roles. Be forewarned, their scenes are fleeting, and you'll be left wanting to see more of them -- so, savor the time they're on screen. Luckily, Rudolph and Krasinski have plenty of screen time -- and shine throughout. Just like life itself, this film has a lot of comic moments -- with some tender ones mixed in as well. [Rated R; Opens June 12]

Grade: B+

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