Sept. 24, 2016
Home / Articles / Cinema / Movie Reviews /  Hi Honey, Bye Honey!
p 40 Movies2
'Hello I Must Be Going': First-world problems, real emotions.

Hi Honey, Bye Honey!

You'll wish 'Hello I Must Be Going' stayed [ok]

October 23, 2012, 10:00 pm

Occasionally a movie gets to the guts of human emotion honestly.

Hello I Must Be Going is one of those movies. It features a wonderful and understated performance by Melanie Lynskey as Amy, a divorcing woman in her mid-30s, who tries to pull herself back together after a sudden end to what she thought was a good marriage.

In order to cope with her grief, Amy moves in with her mother (Blythe Danner, doing the uptight mom thing she does so well) and father (John Rubinstein).

One night at a dinner party—for complicated plot reasons that are better forgotten—Amy meets Jeremy (Christopher Abbot), about 15 years her junior, and they begin a brief, clandestine and torrid affair.

Whether the relationship lasts isn’t the point; Amy and Jeremy use the experience (without using each other) to reexamine their lives. Hello I Must Be Going is never syrupy—and it’s pretty funny, to boot.

Sure, these are first-world problems (the movie is set in Westport, Conn.), but the emotions are real and that counts in an age when many films avoid complex feelings in place of cheap laughs.

Abbot is good and Lynskey is terrific. It’s refreshing to see her in a starring role.

CCA Cinemathque, R, 94 min.

 

comments powered by Disqus
 

Morning Word: Death Penalty Reinstatement Would Cost State Millions

Morning Word At the same time New Mexico lawmakers are trying to shore up the state’s budget, the New Mexico Public Defender's Office is questioning the costs associated with reinstating the death penalty.  ... More

Sept. 22, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

Newsletters

* indicates required
Choose your newsletter(s):
August 31, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm  
September 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Miller  
August 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Miller  
September 14, 2016 by Steven Hsieh  

@SFReporter on Instagram

 

 
Close
Close
Close