Sundance review: "Hello I Must Be Going"
Published: January 20, 2012 01:38AM
Updated: January 20, 2012 11:37AM

“Hello I Must Be Going”

U.S. Dramatic

*** ½ (three and a half stars)

Amy Minsky, like Kristen Wiig's character in “Bridesmaids” (and let's count how often that movie is referenced this festival), is having a bad patch. Just divorced at 35, and unmotivated to do anything with her life, Amy (played with poignancy and dead-on comic skills by Melanie Lynskey) has moved back in with her parents (Blythe Danner, John Rubenstein) in well-off Westport, Conn. Then she happens to meet Jeremy (Christopher Abbott), a 19-year-old actor – and soon the two of them are deep in a sexual relationship that Amy just knows is wrong. Or is it? Director Todd Louiso, who brought the dark “Love Liza” to Sundance in 2002, finds the right balance of laughter and sadness in this offbeat romance – and newcomer Sarah Koskoff's script is effortlessly brilliant. Lynskey (familiar to fans of “Two and a Half Men”) imbues the self-doubting Amy with such lightness that she manages to make neediness appealing.

-- Sean P. Means

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