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Hello I Must Be Going
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is pretty standard romantic comedy fare; the most amusing part is the May/December romance (well, not really December...) which features a (sorta) older woman and a younger man.

A recent divorcée has to move back home because her husband wanted the divorce and she has never held a job. Now she is caught in a spiral of embarrassment, ennui, and agoraphobia. Her well-meaning parents are anxious for her to get out and start to take an interest in life: she hasn't left the house for three months. They decide to throw a party for one of Dad's clients to pave the way for his possible retirement, while at the same time, to motivate their daughter to change out of her old t-shirt and meet some new people.

We meet:
* Melanie Lynskey ("Ever After") is Amy, sorely in need of an antidepressant; she mixes her metaphors and says, "I had the rug pulled over my eyes."
* Blythe Danner ("The Lucky One") is Ruth, her mother, who reads Dr. Seuss to her grandchildren and longs to have some "alone time" with her husband on a lengthy cruise.
* Christopher Abbot ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") is Jeremy, the best anti-depressant our heroine ever tried! He tells his mother he is gay so she will quit trying to set up blind dates.
* John Rubinstein (Lots of TV) is Stan, who really IS reluctant to retire and Gallivant the Globe with his wife.
* Julie White ("Inside Out") is Gwen, the former classmate who never knew our heroine existed, but now she's in her face.

We sometimes forget that it might not be all that great to be nineteen again, particularly when the woman you love views you as a boy toy.

I liked the soundtrack which included "Oh the fox went out on a chilly night, prayed to the moon to give him light, He'd many a mile to go that night, before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o...."

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"Hello I Must Be Going" (2012 release; 95 min.) brings the story of Amy (played by Melanie Lynskey), a thirty-something who has just moved back into her parens' house after her husband left and divorced her. Amy hasn't legt the house in three months and doesn't get up before noon. In other words: depressed. Amy's dad, who is a lawyer, is trying to woo a potential new client, and at a dinner party with the potential new client and his extended family including his 19 yr. old stepson Jeremy (played by Christopher Abbott), Jeremy and Amy develop an instant crush on each other. Soon therafter, they have a fully blooming affair. Inevitably, one day, they get found out. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: (1) it must be Melanie Lynskey weekend for me here in Cincinnati: I just saw her yesterday in a (much smaller) role in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and now today she stars front and center in this movie. It is easily one of her best roles ever, like she was made to play this role. If the movie gets any legs in the theatres, she might be a contender for an Leading Actress Oscar Nomination. (2) While the subject matter of the movie certainly is nothing new, it is brought to life by screenwriter Sarah Koskoff and director Todd Louiso (a Cincinnati native I might add, graduated from the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts). (3) Check out also the very nice original soundtrack, which is courtesy of Canadian singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

Last but not least, if you are wondering about the movie's title: Amy is watching a number of Marx Brothers films throughout the movie, reminding her of happier times in her youth when hanging out with dad. The tile comes from a song by Groucho Marx of the same title in "Animal Crackers". (And incidentally, it is also the source for the Phil Collins album of the same name in the early 80s.) In all, there is nothing earth-shattering about this movie, but that didn't stop by from really enjoying this divorce and family drama from start to finish. If you are in the mood for a quality indie-movie, "Hello I Must Be Going" is highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
I loved the quirkiness that always seems to come along with Melanie Lynskey movies, but I think its the chemistry that blossoms between her character and that of Christopher Abbot that really made me want to watch this movie over and over again. I was sucked in from the first awkward kiss and found myself rooting for them even though I knew the age difference would eventually become an issue. An added bonus was the music. So good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
I fell in love with this film which takes its title from an old Marx Brothers film. A tale of a young, newly divorced woman, hiding out in her parents' home, who finally decides to take some risks. A fling with a much younger man sets things in motion and enables her to face her demons. Along the way she discovers that her parents' marriage may not be what it seems to be. Old loyalties change and there are several delightful twists at the end. A romantic, poignant and funny at times film that leaves the viewer with something to think about. A great cast. Blythe Danner is especially good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Although this film might be seen as formulaic, it's the two female leads that make it work. Amy is quirky & slightly puzzled & lost in wonder. Her mother is so grounded she can't seem to ever get off the ground. There are dreams & nightmares but they are real life for the characters in this movie & you get to watch how they deal with those moments because like all dreams & nightmares, they tend to come to a quick end. I wouldn't call this a slice of life but compressed life. I'm really glad I watched it & I'll watch it again. Melanie Lynskey is a wonderful actress & she has a natural beauty that reminds me of Kelly MacDonald & Emily Mortimer. Although I know it will not impress her to find this out, she has added another fan to her circle that I am certain is very wide & quite full.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2013
I'm sure it will get compared to Silver Linings Playbook but it is not as good. While SLP has the Hollywood happy ending it is also more realistic. I'm a little tired of watching rich people cope with their problems. I know their problems are the same but it's hard to care about a poor little rich girl.

The movie is well acted and Melanie Lynskey is great but the whole resolution at the end felt like a film school project. In spite fo all this, I liked it because of Lynskey's performance and felt it was compelling.

Four stars seems a bit much but according to Amazon, it means only that "I like it," which is true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
This is a beautiful Love story Melanie Lynskey is a great actress she shows all the emotion that needs for this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2014
This small budget film stars Melanie Lynskey, formerly famous as the next-door neighbor to Charlie Sheen's character in Two and a Half Men, and since the demise of that long-running TV show trying to establish whether she can or cannot do serious acting (in the lead role) in a full-length movie, not only deliver funny one-liners. Yes, she can. [And I know, it's not her first either]

She gives a fine and nuanced performance to her part, in this non-comedic 94 minute story about a young woman recovering from a divorce, about her parents and their problems, her friends, and about her unexpectedly beginning a relationship that intellectually she tells herself cannot possibly be long-term, and really would best be avoided altogether. And, about what this relationship teaches her that she hadn't learned at home, nor in college, nor in her first marriage, about love relationships. There are no characters here without their flaws (just like in real life) but there is something here about love meaning overlooking or accepting the flaws, and about growth.

I didn't see this as just a love story, nor as a comedy, nor as a drama [aka: Depressing Movie, or Lifetime TV movie] but as a good character study (or several of them). There is nothing flashy about the cinematography, the plot is modest, and there are no Lines for the Ages, but there's plenty of close-ups on the faces, which really requires the actors to ACT, in order for it to work. It works. [Perhaps the least well-drawn character is the lead male, which seemed a little two-dimensional compared to the rest of the main characters].

[The R is for some swearing, some depiction of sexual acts without any significant nudity, and one scene involving marijuana use].
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
It has a great cast and simple story line. The acting is spot on and there is a sense of familiarity between the viewer and the characters. Everyone knows someone like the main character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is not a Rom-Com, but a modern movie about an unlikely relationship between a 19 year old boy and a recently divorced woman. What was so wonderful to watch was the impact the relationship had on each of them, strengthening them and helping validate them. I also liked the drama between the mother and the divorced daughter and the way the movie touched on how parents of adult children sometimes judge them by their failures in life. One of the best lines was when Jung was quoted as saying: "The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents." This tells you what forces play into the family dynamic. The humor comes up in the frantic sex scenes, which are fun and also well acted. You feel that breathless excitement as they bring each other to life. This is a very intelligent move and I was pleasantly surprised!
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