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My Sunday Night with John Krasinski & Maya Rudolph – Boston Screening of “Away We Go”

June 1, 2009 by  

Sometimes my life doesn’t suck.  Last night I attended the Boston premiere of Away We Go, the new indie romantic-comedy directed by Sam Mendes and starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. And as luck would have it, the stars of the movie made a surprise appearance, along with writer Dave Eggers. Not a bad Sunday night.

Let me start out by saying the movie was fantastic. John and Maya, as Burt and Verona, take the audience on a beautiful adventure as they try to find a place to call home for them and their baby on the way. The movie is gorgeous and poignant, with a lot of laughter and joy. Krasinski and Rudolph both give amazing performances. Maya, who I hadn’t seen much of outside of SNL, was so ethereal and breath taking that she captured my attention and never let go. Not an easy task given my affection for her co-star.  As for Mr. Krasinski, well, this is the type of movie he should be doing.  I think he is a gifted actor who will be around for quite some time, but as we know he’s had a somewhat rocky transition to the big screen.  Give the right role he really has so much to offer.  With the risk of sounding condescending, I was so proud of him.

I’m not much of a movie critic and I don’t want to pretend to be, but I will say that personally I adored the movie and I’ll definitely be seeing it again in the theaters once it premieres on June 12th. I hope you’ll check it out too.

After the film, Rudolph, Krasinski and Eggers took the stage for a Q&A. Had I known this was happening I would have been better prepared.  No recorder or notebook at my disposal. And I’m sorry but when my favorite TV actor is sitting 10 feet away from me I can’t be relied upon to remember much of anything that was said.  Although I do recall being given the opportunity to ask the first question of the night.  I asked about Maya’s transition from SNL to this more subtle role.  And as a side I jokingly asked John if this role helped him to be more prepared for his role as expectant father on THE OFFICE.  John at first misinterpreted my question and thought I was asking if he was going to be an expectant father.  He said no but solicited volunteers from the audience (twice none the less).  One should not joke about such things in my presence.  I was about to jump on that stage.  Kidding of course…kind of.

[Here are a few pics & a super short video from last night. The theater was dark & the video on my camera wasn’t working.  Told you I wasn’t prepared.]

Another funny moment from the Q&A was when the moderator asked John about having his parents in the audience during the sexually infused opening scene. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen someone blush so quickly in my life. I didn’t blame him though.  Having walked into the theater with his mother, father and brother (who John looks so much alike) and knowing they were just a few rows behind me watching their son on the screen was rather awkward – and these aren’t even my parents. Without being graphic, let’s just say that despite the sexual nature, you don’t see much of John in the scene at all.  And it’s nothing we’re ever going to see on THE OFFICE.

After the Q&A, John and his friends and family were outside the theater.  It was at that time I was able to snag a pic and talk with John for a little while.  As with every other time I’ve been able to speak to him, he’s but nothing but sweet and kind.  Just an all around nice guy. He was kind enough to remember me and we talked about the last time we saw each other in NYC.  He was so sweet in once again thanking for our support of the show.  John offered up some of his time to work on a little something for GMMR before the next season of THE OFFICE begins. I’m going to wait to say more until a little later, but honestly, could the guy be any nicer?!

What a great way to spend the night.  My friends and I saw a great movie, and then got to meet one of my favorite celebs. Not too shabby if you ask me.

Yeah, my life doesn’t suck.

Last night’s “Away We Go” screening, as well as many of the other advanced screenings of this film, benefited 826 – a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  Please visit 826 Boston for more information on how you can help.

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11 Responses to “My Sunday Night with John Krasinski & Maya Rudolph – Boston Screening of “Away We Go””

  1. Rae on June 1st, 2009 3:42 pm

    Sounds like a great time! So glad you got to go and John showed up after all!! (See, you shoulda believed the LA girl. ;)) Can’t wait for the movie.

  2. Kristina on June 1st, 2009 3:55 pm

    I was there! When they did the Q&A I wanted to ask John and Maya if I could go up there and give them a hug haha. But that would

    1. Have been extremely selfish of me; and
    2. Would have opened the door for the hundreds of other people in the audience to do the same

    So I opted out haha. But I agree, the movie was phenomenal. Even though it’s a movie geared toward people in their 30s I think any one can relate to it. I know I did and I’m only 23. I feel like the movie was sort of like Garden State except it was way better (no offense Zach Braff) and it was a lot funnier. I haven’t laughed that hard in a movie theater in a really long time. Great movie. Great acting. And thank you to John, Maya, and Dave for answering our questions!

  3. Lisa (aka lmr) on June 1st, 2009 4:04 pm

    Congrats on a great Sunday night! BTW, the link you tweeted didn’t work. I came here right away to read of your fun.

  4. col s on June 1st, 2009 6:00 pm

    wow. what an amazing night! i love dave eggers too. i am very jealous!

  5. strunkette on June 1st, 2009 6:07 pm

    Kath you look so pretty in your photo with John…positively glowing! What a cute couple 🙂

    I’m excited to see this film. I love Maya and John.

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  7. Emily on June 1st, 2009 8:41 pm

    I’ve been hearing about these screenings for weeks, and it just, I so wish they were having one in my area. And then I find out they are (no idea if anyone is supposed to be speaking) and of course I have to work! Seriously, WTH? I have to be working instead of having a chance to be mere feet away from John Krasinski? Oh evilness.

    Of course, I know what that first scene is, and um…. I think I need to hide during that scene. So…. not at all what I want to think about.

  8. Jen (HIMYM) on June 2nd, 2009 7:44 am

    I’m really excited about this film. I’m checking out a screening tonight. You lucky girl! Jealous! 🙂

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  10. Christine on June 3rd, 2009 12:14 am

    He showed up at the New York screening tonight too! Only David Mendes was scheduled to come (which was amazing at it was) but then JK showed up and I pretty much died. Finally got to meet him and the movie was INCREDIBLE!!

  11. lauren on June 12th, 2009 6:01 pm

    I went to the Philly screening last night. No one from the movie was there. 🙁

    The movie was amazing…just super sweet.