One of the most charming movies of the fall finds the humor in going home again — it’s ‘Garden State’ for the ‘Girls‘ generation!
There’s a serious catalogue of films that trace the regressive quarter-crises of young men — that increasingly long transition from teenage whimsy to steady adulthood. Movies like The Graduate, and pretty much every Gen-Y slacker comedy in the past ten years have explored this territory, usually from a distinctly “guy” perspective. HollywoodLife.com attended the premiere of Hello I Must Be Going hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company and it finally breaks gender ranks — and we love it!
Girls star Christopher Abbott plays the 19-year-old emo-heartthrob/neighbor boy who lusts after a young divorcee (the hilarious and sickeningly adorable Melanie Lynskey) who has moved back in with her parents to regroup .
Like other films in the genre, Lynskey’s character is a depressive, whose lust for life is restored by a hot-and-heavy romance with a quirky stranger. (Think Natalie Portman rescuing Zach Braff from middle-class ennui in Garden State.) But Hello doesn’t suffer from working in convention. Screenwriter Sarah Koskoff has crafted a lively romp with genuine heart and wit that compliments the undeniable onscreen talent. Melanie is such a natural comedienne, at least a dozen scenes turn for laughs on a mere look of exasperation from the unconventional actress.
And then there’s the sex. This is not a neutered comedy afraid of female sexuality. The climactic scene — in more than one sense — ellicited a gasp from the New York premiere audience this week, and had me holding my notepad over my face as I howled and cringed with sympathy for the truly decent girl at the center of this romantic comedy.
Hello has gotten a lot of buzz on the festival circuit, not just because it’s funny, but also because it contains truth. Melanie’s strained relationship with her frazzled mother (the always stellar Blythe Danner) and a touching father-daughter subplot have real verisimilitude. Beyond the family dynamic, the slightly May-December romance at the heart of this film has genuine passion and captures the kinetic fever that burns between two people who feel an instant sexual chemistry.
This movie will ring true for anyone who has ever fallen hard in a forbidden romance but felt like they had to hide from the people they love.
After the film, guests headed over to Hotel Chantelle for the after party where everyone couldn’t stop raving about the flick. Don’t forget to check it out when it hits theaters on Sept. 7.
— Gino Orlandini
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