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Hello I Must Be Going (2012) Hello I Must Be Going wears its Sundance Institute roots like a tattoo inked on its plot: Passive Amy (Melanie Lynskey) is thrown into such… 2012-09-07 PT95M Comedy Blythe Danner Melanie Lynskey Oscilloscope Pictures
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Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

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MISMATCH Melanie Lynskey's character Amy falls in love with a younger man, played by Christopher Abbott
MISMATCH Melanie Lynskey's character Amy falls in love with a younger man, played by Christopher Abbott
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 07, 2012; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Blythe Danner and Melanie Lynskey; Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures

Hello I Must Be Going wears its Sundance Institute roots like a tattoo inked on its plot: Passive Amy (Melanie Lynskey) is thrown into such a depression by her divorce from her generic suit of a husband (Dan Futterman) that she curls up, childlike in a baggy T-shirt, at the fancy home of her status-conscious parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein). Then she has a thrilling romance with a 19-year-old hottie (Girls' Christopher Abbott). Then she becomes a Woman.

I readily proclaim myself among the ranks of Lynskey lovers, but even the uninitiated will be impressed by how, despite being costumed in clichés of despair (and sexy-dress clichés of blooming womanhood, too), she makes Amy a vibrant and specific human being. What's equally impressive, though, is the effect the star's gentle charisma has on the whole production: Working from a script by his wife, Sarah Koskoff, High Fidelity actor-turned-director Todd Louiso shapes the movie to Lynskey's rhythms. As a result, every scene — including mopey family meals, secret assignations, and confessions under the stars — breathes with a freshness that carries this tiny romance safely beyond the realm of indie cuteness, into the world of a character worth caring about. B+

Originally posted Sep 05, 2012 Published in issue #1224-1225 Sep 21, 2012 Order article reprints
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