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Hello I Must Be Going 2012 R CC

4.0 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 6.2/10

An affair with a 19-year old actor (GIRLS' Christopher Abbott) helps reinvigorate life for thirty-something Amy (TWO AND A HALF MEN'S Melanie Lynskey) after she moves home to her parents' house following her divorce, in this humorous take on modern relationships.

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Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner
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1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Todd Louiso
Starring Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner
Supporting actors John Rubinstein, Christopher Abbott
Studio Oscilloscope
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: DVD
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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"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.
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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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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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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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