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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Positive 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.
Violence & Scariness
A mother and daughter scream and yell at each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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Fairly frequent use of words including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Brands/labels shown include Infiniti cars.
Drinking, Drugs & 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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's something about Lynskey; here, she's sullen, discombobulated, and unpredictable, and that very unpredictability is what makes Amy a marvel to watch. She's woman we can really relate to -- one whose idea of dissembling doesn't just mean eating a carton of ice cream in one sitting (all while sappy music plays in the background). Disaffection is a difficult thing to carry off in movies; we either become disaffected ourselves because we're so bored, or we scoff at the ridiculousness of the portrayal. But thanks to the writers' and director's deep empathy for its characters in HELLO I MUST BE GOING, we're engaged and moved. We care. (We also laugh.)
Lynskey's best scenes are with Danner, whose own role allows her to display her formidable strengths. And Abbott, too: His Jeremy isn't just some vague notion of hipsterdom and ennui; he's confusing and compelling and charismatic. The ending is almost an afterthought to the characterizations, but we forgive Hello I Must Be Going this one crucial flaw. It's still very good to make its acquaintance.
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