Review of Hello I Must Be Going

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Circumstances force a young woman going through a divorce to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life
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Movie Review: "Hello I Must Be Going"

-- Rating: R
Length: 95 minutes
Release Date: September 7, 2012
Directed by: Todd Louiso
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance

"Hello I Must Be Going" is an R-rated film starring Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott, and Blyth Danner. The independent film was written by Sarah Koskoff, who has also acted in TV series such as "Malcolm & Eddie" and "Millennium." She is also known for coproducing "The Marc Pease Experience," and this is no doubt where she developed her ability to write a fantastic screenplay. Koskoff and Director Todd Louiso, who is known for the "15-Minute Hamlet," "Love Liza," "The Marc Pease Experience," and now "Hello I Must Be Going," have joined forces and successfully created a unique version of a common story.
The movie starts by introducing Amy, a young woman who recently divorced. The divorce was trying and traumatic, and after a number of events, Amy must return home to live with her parents in Connecticut. While there, she meets a young man. The two form a relationship that helps Amy reconnect to her life and become rejuvenated.

Unlike many independent films, this film has a strong storyline and a terrific screenplay that make the characters seem real, even in situations that may seem obscene. The R rating seems a bit strong, although there are some moments where the language is strong or the sexual content becomes too much for younger audience members. Although the synopsis of the film seems dark, the movie is actually lighthearted and has plenty of comedic moments.

The movie assumes no problematic result because of the age difference between the two main characters, even though Amy is decades older than her counterpart. In reality, this may have drawn more attention than the movie points out, and this is one part of the film that may not seem realistic to every audience member. The relationship is the central theme of the movie, so having no mention of the age difference or the morality of the feelings between the characters sticks out in some moments. As a viewer, this can be somewhat jarring, especially if the age difference is offensive or otherwise uncomfortable based on personal morals.

The film does well with the age difference by avoiding the "dark road" of exploiting a younger person. The movie takes age and makes it funny; the moments between the characters can even be quirky sometimes, due to some issues that only a younger or older person would be able to understand or respond to correctly. The overall feel of the film is that regardless of age, human interaction and touch is an important part of healing. With this in mind, the movie seems more refreshing than those that harp on the dangers of loving someone much older or younger than one's self.

Following a 30-year-old divorcee through the process of finding love again and getting out of a love life rut is not only a statement in the movie but is an integral part of the character's growth. It offers an optimistic approach to growing after tragedy rather than focusing on how unhappy or miserable the woman is after the breakup.
The movie doesn't follow the clichés that pose traps to many independent filmmakers. There are no awkward teen moments or "that could never happen" scenes. Instead, this is a story to which people can actually respond and relate; this is very much because of the writer and director's experiences in the industry. The easy-to-follow story doesn't focus too much on any one comedy gag or fall back on traditional storylines. It holds its own, and this makes it interesting, especially for those used to watching independent films that repeatedly hit on the same stories.

The only cliché that is worth noting is that the characters are all filmmakers. Such a plot is often enacted because having props and equipment on hand is convenient, and there is not as much cleanup. Fortunately, in this case, it doesn't ruin the setting of the film. The film focuses on the development of the characters, making their business matters less important parts of the story.

The movie is definitely for adult audiences due to sexual scenes and nudity, but older teens may also enjoy the film, with parental guidance. The relaxed film is more enjoyable than dark, so it isn't something parents of older teens should be too worried about letting their kids see. "Hello I Must Be Going" and Todd Louiso were nominated for the 2012 Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic genre of the Sundance Film Festival as well, adding to the movie's list of positives.

Rating 2 out of 5