Friday, May 17, 2024

The Idea of You (2024)

Streaming Service: Amazon Prime
Movie Name/Year: The Idea of You0 (2024)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Length: 1h 55min
Rating: R
Director: Michael Showalter
Writers: Robinne Lee, Michael Showalter, Jennifer Westfeldt
Actors:Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin, Annie Mumolo, Reid Scott, Perry Mattfeld, Jordan Aaron Hall, Mathilda Gianopoulos, Meg Millidge, Cheech Manohar, Raymond Cham Jr., Jaiden Anthony, Viktor White, Dakota Adan, Roxy Rivera, Graham Norton, Grace Junot, Jon Levine, Demián Castro, Trevor David, Brent Bailey, Chandler Lovelle, Nina Bloomgarden, Hedy Nasser, Luke Pierre Roness, Rashal James, Angela Davis, Tanya Lim, Bethany Brown, Trinity Ansah, Holly A. Morris
IMDb Blurb: Solène, a 40-year-old single mom, begins an unexpected romance with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet.
Cat’s Point of View:
When I was building my Top20 article for this month, I passed on including The Idea of You on my list. I was sorely tempted because I absolutely adore Anne Hathaway (Dark Waters, WeCrashed, Eileen) . It just didn't speak to me as much as the other films that made the final cut, however. I wasn't upset about giving this movie a chance, though.
The trailer for The Idea of You gave me the impression of a cute drama-romance on the guilty-pleasure side. It painted a picture of a mid-life fantasy where the older woman reveled in her vibrance and cast caution to the wind to chase a fairytale in spite of her own misgivings.
The fact that this was a novel adaptation didn't factor in to my desire to watch, as I haven't read the book. Fans of the source material may want to watch with a grain of salt, however. I've seen several reviews that advised that there were some changes made. I couldn't tell you whether or not the screenplay honored the spirit of the book or not. This just isn't my usual go-to.
All told, The Idea of You played out pretty much as I expected. The fact that there weren't any surprises here wasn't a bad thing. I enjoyed and took comfort in things playing out as I'd envisioned.
It was solid for a whirlwind romance and had some deeper emotions and themes than initially anticipated. Hathaway's performance held the whole production together, and I also appreciated that Nicholas Galitzine's (The Craft: Legacy, Cinderella, Bottoms) character was given more depth than just “the young boy-band hot guy.”
Considering this isn't my preferred genre, I likely won't queue this up for re-watch, but I definitely wouldn't steer anyone away from The Idea of You.
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 62%
Metascore – 67%
Metacritic User Score – 5.1/10
IMDB Score – 6.4/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3/5
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