Hello I Must Be Going 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… Hello I Must Be Going 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
Movie Review

Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

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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Weekend of Aug 24 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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1.
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$17.6 4 $251.9 A-
2. $16.8 3 $145.6 C+
3.
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$16.4 1 $16.4 C-
4. $11.0 2 $45.2 F
5. $9.0 1 $9.0 NA
6.
The Giver
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$6.7 2 $24.1 C-
7.
The Expendables 3
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$6.6 2 $27.5 B
8. $6.5 1 $6.5 C+
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
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$5.6 3 $32.7 B
10.
Into the Storm
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$3.8 3 $38.3 D+
* in millions