Watch: Hello I Must Be Going 2012 123movies, Full Movie Online – Following the break-up with and imminent divorce from her entertainment lawyer husband David, thirty-something Amy moves back in with her upper middle class parents Ruth and Stan Minsky in Westport, Connecticut. David asked for the divorce following an affair he had with who Amy considered a friend. Knowledge of the affair and David asking for the divorce came out of left field for Amy, who thought she had the perfect marriage. In her surprise and shock about David, she left David basically with the clothes on her back, and has not asked for anything in the divorce settlement. Three months later, she is still in a depressed state, not leaving the house and not knowing what to do with her life. She has no real job experience, has only a liberal arts degree, and abandoned her Master’s degree studies in Photography to marry David. She believes her parents have mixed feelings about her return. Although they have both welcomed her back, she believes Ruth is critical not so much about what she does but more about what she doesn’t do. Focused Ruth has a perfectly laid out plan for the twilight of her and Stan’s lives, which largely is to complete the renovations on the house and travel the world, and didn’t include Amy moving back in with them. Conversely, Amy believes Stan is the only person who loves her unconditionally, despite he admitting he never knowing the right thing to say to her. To her surprise and reluctance, Amy enters into a clandestine relationship with nineteen year old Jeremy, an actor with a modicum of success and fame. The reason for not telling anyone of the relationship is due to a combination of the differences in their ages, and the fact that Jeremy’s stepfather Larry is a potential client of Stan’s, Stan who feels that he needs Larry as a client to be able to retire, something he has already postponed due to market forces working against him. As much as both Amy and Jeremy become emotionally invested in the other’s life – Jeremy who is facing his own issues, despite the overwhelming support from his therapist mother, Gwen, who is his biggest champion in whatever he does – Amy is still reluctant to classify what they have as a relationship. As certain realities come to light within this collective of people, Amy may come to some conclusions about the post-David phase of her life..
Plot: Divorced and demoralised, Amy Minsky’s prospects look bleak when she is condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35. Everyone wants to help but, as her patience level with advice is plummeting, a bold teenage boy enters her life, igniting her last bit of self-esteem.
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I cannot adequately describe how much I wanted to love this movie, but I must be honest: it did not get me involved.
By this point in time, everybody is drooling over Melanie Lynskey’s performance in “Hello I Must Be Going.” I am too. But my admiration does not end strictly with her work in this ambitious little movie; there is a lot of due credit owed to her co-stars, particularly newcomer Christopher Abbott, who plays her much-younger lover, and the insistently reliable Blythe Danner as Miss Lynskey’s mother. I guess Miss Lynskey is collecting most of the praise because ever since “Heavenly Creatures” in 1994 and her last appearance in “Two and a Half Men” (one of my favorite shows) everybody wants to see her become a big star. But she and everybody else in “Hello I Must Be Going” is in good form. My only wish was that they were encapsulated by a screenplay worthy of their energy and panache.
I cannot adequately describe how much I wanted to love this movie. Stories about nonconformist relationships interest me, in real life as well as in the movies. And this premise—a woman completely drained over her recent divorce discovering the true meaning of love and of live in her affair with a younger man—sounds like an absolute winner. Unfortunately, most of the fun and all of the really tender moments are collected in the first 25 minutes and the final 10; these wonderful bits, where I felt my heart strings being yanked on, sandwich a lot of padded-out detritus. And a lot of genuinely unfunny jokes. For instance: when will the romantic comedy genre ever give up on the gag where an elderly woman walks in upon a couple while they are skinny dipping? It wasn’t funny when it happened to Campbell Scott and Julia Roberts in “Dying Young” 21 years ago, and it certainly is not funny here.
I cannot deny that the movie has great ambitions: it doesn’t want to be just a love story; it wants to make some subtle yet true observations about life. Both Miss Lynskey and Mr. Abbott, in the course of their on-screen relationship, embark on an emotional journey, guiding them to realizing the emptiness surrounding them. A key moment in the picture is when they are having dinner with each other’s families, and both are indirectly being put on the hot spot: Miss Lynskey’s divorce keeps getting brought up, and Mr. Abbott’s self-hated career in stage acting is the only dinner conversation his mother can think of. And then there is the final ten minutes, including a wonderful and entirely honest sequence about marriage, set in a New York diner. And I must commend screenwriter Sarah Koskoff for having the guts to write an ending in which not all of the bows are tied, not every character makes their amends.
The remarkable thing, however, is that Miss Lynskey and Mr. Abbott do not spend nearly as much time together as you would imagine. And many of their moments are punctuated by sex scenes—oh, boy, am I getting sick and tired of those as well! Thankfully, they are photographed very quick, but they do not seem to register an erotic or emotional effect. I suppose the idea was that the two characters used the sex to fill the voids in their own lives, but surely there are better ways for characters to bond. I personally am more interested in movie-couples who do not jump into bed (or into the backseat of a car, in this case) two days after they first lay eyes on one another. And after a while, good as they are, Miss Lynskey and Mr. Abbott run out of interesting things to talk about; they just start screaming at one another. And, closer to the end of the movie, just when we think we are about to get a truly beautiful moment—a reconciliation—the movie has to pull the dumb, somebody-opens-the-door gag which completely stops the scene. Then there’s the excess characters: Julie White exists for no purpose other than to drive Melanie Lynskey home from the bar one night; Jimmi Simpson plays a drip so mawkishly pathetic that I found myself looking to my watch. I understand the point of the character: he’s supposed to represent to Miss Lynskey what might eventually become of her. It’s not the intentions or the acting, it’s the writing.
Then there’s the other thing that rubbed me raw. Laura Veirs is credited for writing the original score for this movie, but it’s hard to appreciate her instrumental work since most of the soundtrack is riddled with about six or seven too many songs. Maybe it’s a personal problem; I’m one of the few people of my generation (adult males under 30) who is not particularly interested in contemporary music. But if I saw one more walking scene with a bunch of overblown lyrics thumping away in the background, I was going to start pounding my forehead.
Believe me when I tell you, I really regret having to stomp all over “Hello I Must Be Going.” There is so much ambition in this movie and so many really talented people involved. And even though I’ve faulted screenwriter Koskoff’s work, she does show promise: a bold story and some bursts of really good dialogue. As somebody who has been on the set of an independent movie, I know how much hard work goes into making one. I know script changes are constantly being made; there’s pressure to get everything done on schedule. And above all, I hate to put it down for the same reason I always hate giving negative reviews in general: I have to admit to a storyteller that I did not like the story they were telling. But I have to be absolutely honest: “Hello I Must Be Going” did not register very much emotional impact with me. Again, in the beginning and at the end, there is a lot of punch, the middle of the movie really drags for me.
An important movie about self-actualization
This movie is an important piece about a woman’s delayed awakening. Surrounded by a dysfunctional family and a traumatic divorce, she is able to find strength through unconditional love. Although different in many ways, this movie reminded me of ‘you can count on me’ – if you enjoyed that film, you will likely enjoy this one. It is more light-hearted, but just as real and complex. I think it is an important movie.
I would strongly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys independent films touching on the subject of complex family relationships or personal growth. The script is very well written, the acting is superb, and the movie rings true to life in the setting depicted. I found it completely believable and an accurate depiction of a real life scenario.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Todd Louiso
Writer Sarah Koskoff
Actors Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott, Blythe Danner
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A