Hello I Must Be Going (DVD Review)30 Jan, 2013 By: Angelique Flores
Box Office $0.1 million
Rated ‘R’ for language and sexual content.
Stars Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein, Christopher Abbott.
The usual gender roles are turned upside down in this indie film about a relationship between an older woman and a younger man.
The story centers on Amy, a 35-year-old woman hypnotically played by Melanie Lynskey. Amy is an unsuccessful photographer who has just been left by her very successful lawyer husband, who cheated on her. She has been staying with her parents for a few months already, but does little more than mope around in the same ratty T-shirt and shorts.
Her mom, Ruth (Blythe Danner), is getting fed up with her daughter’s descent into loserdom, and her dad, Stan (John Rubinstein), doesn’t really know how to comfort or help her.
Amy meets 19-year-old Jeremy (Christopher Abbot of “Girls”), who immediately takes a liking to her, but she sees only a lustful physical attraction and pushes him away. However, their shared awkwardness draws them together, and the two start sneaking out to be with each other. Soon the relationship becomes more than just sex, as they both feel so lost in their lives but are able to open up and give each other the fortitude each needs.
Lynskey (Up in the Air) is enchanting in her first leading role. With her youthfulness and Abbot’s old-soul quality, their characters’ attraction seems natural.
The entire cast is outstanding, and Julie White is especially entertaining as Jeremy’s psychologist mother.