Hello I Must Be Going

2012

Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Hello I Must Be Going offers an offbeat twist to the romance genre, a solid character study for fans of grown-up drama, and a career-making breakout vehicle for Melanie Lynskey.

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Selected as the opening night film for Sundance 2012, Hello I Must Be Going features acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey in her breakout role as Amy, a recent divorcée who seeks refuge in the suburban Connecticut home of her parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein). Demoralized and uncertain of her future, Amy begins an affair with a 19-year-old actor (Christopher Abbott) that jumpstarts her passion for life and helps her discover an independence and sense of purpose that she has missed for years. Coupling Danner's subtle, moving performance as a frustrated empty nester with Lynskey's endearing and nuanced depiction of both the comic and tragic coming together at a crossroads, Hello I Must Be Going is a modern, unconventional love story infused with sex, humor, and emotional honesty - everything Amy will need to get on in life. -- (C) Oscilloscope

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Critic Reviews for Hello I Must Be Going

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (25)

"Hello I Must Be Going" is at once an intriguing character study and a refreshingly offbeat romance.

Oct 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie's sharp-tongued and softhearted, a Sundance kind of film that mostly sidesteps generic Sundanceyness.

Oct 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Sarah Koskoff's screenplay is flagrantly duplicitous, introducing the heroine as a self-pitying sloth, then trying to pass her off as likable by making nearly all the other characters drips, snobs, or unfeeling scolds.

Sep 21, 2012 | Full Review…

Succeeds almost entirely on the strength of Melanie Lynskey's heartfelt and humorous performance in the lead role.

Sep 21, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sarah Koskoff's play-it-safe script and Louiso's heavy-handed direction combine to kill the potential of "Hello I Must Be Going."

Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Lynskey lets us see, from deep within Amy's fog, an instinctual desire to please, and a sense of innocent wonderment at how she could possibly have gotten into such a mess.

Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Hello I Must Be Going

½

Really did want to like this. The preview looked great - have been looking forward to seeing it for a long time. But somehow it was kind of meh. Not bad, not by a long shot, but just quite dull viewing. I don't know why. Cast are good. Movie looks nice. Good story about a young woman who's marriage has failed and she's returned home temporarily with all the problems that entails. Good end message about standing on your own two feet. Really should have been something more than it was.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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In "Hello I Must Be Going," Amy(Melanie Lynskey) has been down in the dumps for the three months since her divorce. So much so, that she has not changed her T-shirt in that time. In response, her parents(Blythe Danner & John Rubinstein) want her very much to get something new for a party they are throwing. And the attempt nearly kills her. But at least Amy is feeling better for the party which has its upside like making out with 19-year old Jeremy(Christopher Abbott). Later, their relationship intensifies before Amy finds out she is the last person to know Jeremy is gay. "Hello I Must Be Going" is a nice movie that sidesteps many a serious issue. Like instead of depression, the movie is about two people finding themselves after finding each other. While Jeremy is young enough to make things intriguing, he is old enough to keep the story out of Catherine Breillat territory. In any case, Melanie Lynskey makes for a pleasant enough lead in this amiable movie.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Nothing great...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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½

Amy Minskey (Melanie Lynskey) has moved back home after her husband dumped her and is going through a rough patch. A twist on the May-December romance that really worked for this viewer. Ms Lynskey has a natural beauty and a style that invites sympathy as she tries to figure out how to move on without disappointing her parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein) any further. It was good to see Julie White again, as well. A good cast, fine performances and a deeply affecting story combined to make this a lovely diversion.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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