Burt and Verona have a problem. They are about to have a baby, and they don't really feel as though they have a place of their own in the world, a place where they really belong and can call home.
They set off on a tour of America, visiting various friends and relatives who have each got their own take on bringing up children and the concept of family. They move from city to city, from situation to situation, until they do, eventually, find a place to call home.
Ay times outright hilarious, at times quiet and moving, this is a great piece of film making from Sam Mendes. Somewhat more low key than some of his better known films, it is a sweet portrayal of that search we all go through for our place in the world. It's touching, yet entertaining at the same time (especially Burt's reaction to an exceedingly kookie Maggie Gyllenhall's child rearing ethos).
Added into this is a pretty good soundtrack. I must acknowledge my Girlfriend here, who pointed out that the original music is somewhat derivative guitar strummy folk music, a bit like Iron and Wine but for all it's derivativeness it's pretty good and matches the mood of the film well. There are also a few tracks such as George Harrison's `What is Life', which really lift the film. It's a decent soundtrack, and I might well end up buying it.
I really enjoyed it. 4 stars.