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Hello I Must Be Going Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A credibly drawn central character is trapped inside a half-cooked dramatic stew in Hello I Must Be Going.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While it's too hastily and neatly resolved, Hello I Must Be Going is a funny, well-written, involving and emotionally honest tale.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I can imagine a broader comedy in which the situation might work. Remember Mrs. Robinson or Stifler's mom? But here there's a fugitive undercurrent of sincerity. Hello, I Must Be Going raises questions it doesn't have the answers for.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Working from a script by his wife, Sarah Koskoff, "High Fidelity" actor-turned-director Todd Louiso shapes the movie to Lynskey's rhythms.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Unlikely post-divorce romance anchors mature dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hello I Must Be Going is a mature dramedy with several weighty themes: post-divorce angst, a May-December (or, rather, May September) romance, and depression. There are plenty of sexually charged scenes of a couple making out and more (complete with requisite heavy breathing), though there isn't a ton of nudity. The same couple goes skinny-dipping in the dark, but viewers won't really be able to make out any of their body parts there, either. There's also a fair bit of swearing ("s--t" and "f-ck") and some pot-smoking and drinking, too, with some characters ending up throwing-up drunk.

  • Families can talk about how Hello I Must Be Going depicts love and relationships. Does it seem realistic? Is the main characters' attraction believable?
  • How are the effects of divorce dealt with? Does the movie portray Amy in ways that divorcees aren't typically shown on screen?
  • These days, many adults need to lean heavily on their parents, sometimes living with them. What do you think of this arrangement?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Love knows no boundaries, including age or timing. And families can support each other, no matter the circumstances or the dynamics. Themes include coping with post-divorce angst and depression.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Jeremy and Amy are completely honest with each other and, despite their age difference, are open to learning from each other. Amy and her parents' relationship is being re-negotiated, and though the process is sometimes painful, it's an interesting and valuable one.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A mother and daughter scream and yell at each other.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Shadowy sex scenes in cars and rooms are filmed so that viewers don't see very much (a bare shoulder, people in their underwear, etc). The sounds of a couple having sex are heard, and they talk about making each other feel good. They also go skinny-dipping (but again, viewers don't see a lot of body parts).

  • language false4

    Language: Fairly frequent use of words including "s--t" and "f--k."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Brands/labels shown include Infiniti cars.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult characters smoke pot and talk about the effects of getting high. They also drink, and one character gets so inebriated that she throws up in a car.