''Away We Go'' is a 2009 comedy-drama directed by Creator/SamMendes, written by Creator/DaveEggers and Vendela Vida and starring Creator/JohnKrasinski and Creator/MayaRudolph. The film centers on the main couple, Burt and Verona, who are expecting their first child when they suddenly have to find a new home. What follows is a series of encounters with old friends and relatives, other parents with wildly different styles while the couple try to figure out how to raise their impending offspring.

As you can guess from the subject matter, it's a wellspring of parenting and pregnancy tropes.
!!This film contains examples of:

* AdultFear: Burt and Verona express doubts on whether they'll be good parents.
* {{Angrish}}: Burt descends into it when he's finally had enough of LN.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: The film ends before the birth, but it seems to be heading this way.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Burt after [[spoiler:his brother's wife leaves him and his young daughter]].
* BumblingDad: An expecting version.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: When Burt points out that Antwerp is 3,000 miles away from where they live, Burt's parents reaction is that it's longer than 3,000 miles.
* CrapsackWorld: At first, it seems that Burt and Verona are in the wrong movie, with all the people they visit being selfish, [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]], or plagued with marital problems. It's later [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. See EarnYourHappyEnding below.
* DysfunctionJunction: All the people Burt and Verona visit have a variety of emotional problems.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: After all they went through trying to find a suitable home, Burt and Verona finally settle in Verona's late parents' house, optimistic about the future.]]
* FeudingFamilies: The main couple and Burt's cousin's very crunchy family.
* GoodParents: Burt and Verona are budding examples of this trope. [[AbusiveParents Most everyone else, however...]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: The pregnancy was accidental.
* LighterAndSofter: Once you compare this movie to Sam Mendes' previous films.
* NoPreggerSex: Averted.
* OnlySaneMan: Burt and Verona, at various points.
* ParentalObliviousness / ParentalAbandonment: The plot is kicked off when Burt's parents leave the country, renting their house to strangers (after briefly promising it to Burt and Verona) and seeing no problem with missing out on the birth as well as the first two years of their grandchild's life.
** Additionally, late in the film Burt and Verona go to see [[spoiler:Burt's brother to offer their support after his wife split, leaving no way of contacting her and apparently not planning to return. His main concern is how their 7-year-old daughter is going to handle her mom abandoning her like this.]]
* PapaWolf: Verona has Burt promise that he'll fight for his daughter's fights.
* PlayingAgainstType: This is a breather film for director Creator/SamMendes. While he has contained themes explored in his previous films (such as [[BigScrewedUpFamily screwed up families]]), Mendes has usually done sombre, bittersweet and tragic films (even the James Bond film ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'' is a tragedy). This one, however is the complete opposite of his output with him delivering a hopeful and light-hearted film with an optimistic ending.
* PopStarComposer: Alexi Murdoch, replacing Mendes' usual composer Creator/ThomasNewman.
* TwiceToldTale: ''Away We Go'' could be seen as a counterpart to Mendes' previous film ''Literature/RevolutionaryRoad''. Both focus on an expecting couple unsure about the future, but while Burt and Verona are happy and idealistic life-partners, ''Road'''s Frank and April are in an unloving MasochismTango. [[spoiler: And contrast Road's DownerEnding, with April aborting the baby then killing herself, leaving Frank and their neighbors unhappy, to Go's EarnYourHappyEnding with Burt and Verona moving in to Verona's late parents' home, hopeful about the future.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: [[Film/AmericanBeauty In]] [[Main/RoadToPerdition contrast]] [[Film/{{Jarhead}} to]] [[Creator/SamMendes the director's]] [[Literature/RevolutionaryRoad other]] [[Film/{{Skyfall}} films]], ''Away We Go'' is fairly idealistic and more light-hearted, though it shows the struggles of remaining idealistic.
* TakeThat: Against, of all things, the Continuum concept. ViewersAreGeniuses indeed.
* {{Yandere}}: LN