Hello I Must Be Going
Todd Louiso’s "Hello I Must Be Going" shines as a delightful examination of expectations gone awry. Each character wrestles with them: Amy (Melanie Lynskey), whose perfect marriage to the perfect man fails, forcing her to return to her parents’ tony Connecticut home and build a new life for herself.
Jeremy (Christopher Abbott), her new, much younger lover, who hates his burgeoning acting career and remains content to let stick his mother’s description of him as gay; and Amy’s parents, Ruth and Stan Minsky (Blythe Danner and John Rubinstein) who struggle with empty-nesting, retirement and its dreams.
The 35-year-old ’adult’ Amy is actually a child compared to the more mature 19-year-old Jeremy, whose emotional honesty and love help coax Amy out of depression and endless reruns of Marx brothers’ movies. It’s the grown-ups who fare poorly here -- each of them doing the ’right’ thing only to discover they made terrible mistakes.
This breakout role for Lynskey reveals her wide range of pathos and comedy. Abbott’s Jeremy tears at heartstrings, while Danner plays an angry, frustrated housewife with her usual great skill.
Sarah Koskoff’s deftly written script upends with hilarious one-liners and plot twists while Julie Kirkwood’s cinematography leads the viewers to closer examination of the Amy/Jeremy characters through interestingly blurred and sharpened close-ups.
To call this moving comedy simply a feel-good film is to miss its many subtleties and complexities. No surprise that Sundance chose "Hello I Must be Going" as its 2012 opening night film.
"Hello I Must Be Going"