Friday, June 28, 2024

Amazon’s ‘The Idea of You’ is so-so at best

By Matt Pascarella

Rated: R
Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Solene is a 40-year-old single mother with a daughter, Izzy, in high school. When her ex-husband is unable to take Izzy and her friends to Coachella, Solene takes them. It’s here that she meets 24-year-old Hayes Campbell, a member of the band “August Moon.” Over time, they get to know each other and what could be classified as a relationship forms.

However, once the press gets wind of this, it blows things up for all involved. Is there a way to make this relationship work? While this movie started out pretty good, it’s a little on the longer side and I felt like it dragged a bit too much in the third act.

“The Idea of You” stars Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin, Annie Mumolo, Reid Scott and Perry Mattfeld.

Solene (Hathaway) is a single mom with a teenager daughter, Izzy (Rubin). Solene is going on a camping trip while her daughter and her friends go to Coachella.

At the last minute, Solene’s ex-husband (Scott) has to go to work, and Solene takes the kids to Coachella.

At Coachella, Solene is looking for the bathroom, and meets Hayes (Galitzine) who, to her surprise is a singer in the very popular band “August Moon.” They share a moment. He invites her to hang out after the show.

He says he feels inspired and kind of dedicates a song to Solene.

During Solene’s 40th birthday party, she talks to a bunch of guys her age who are weird or just boring, despite their interest in her.

Solene works as an art dealer and Hayes stops by to buy some art. She takes him to the gallery of a friend of hers where they learn more about each other. Hayes says he doesn’t meet people like her very often. He admits he’s attracted to her.

Paparazzi follow Hayes everywhere and are parked outside Solene’s house, which is distracting.

The two get to know each other more, and kiss. Solene is concerned about the age difference. Hayes wants to see her again.

While Izzy is off at a summer camp, Hayes invites Solene to join him on a part of the tour in New York City, then to Europe. They get to know each other better. The two are happy together dancing to Wang Chung.

Hayes tells Solene his greatest fear is that people think he’s a joke. Solene worries what people will say if they start dating; Hayes doesn’t care. Solene hasn’t told Izzy about Hayes yet.

Tensions emerge between Solene and the girlfriends of the other “August Moon” bandmates.

She finds out Hayes has not been 100 percent honest. He tries to explain himself, but Solene has already been down the road of having a dishonest partner.

Solene likes Hayes but is ashamed. They break up.

The paparazzi have published photos of Hayes and Solene and it’s all over the internet, being met with various reactions. She tells Izzy; and admits she still likes him.

This is generally not my favorite genre of movie, though this one started out OK. It did have a semi-sweet reverse “Mrs. Robinson” quality to it. The characters seemed genuine throughout most of the movie. However, by the end of the second act the story began to drag. There was too much “will they, won’t they?” As in most romantic comedies, the ending is almost always fairly predictable.

To its credit, I thought the ending left the final moments up to the viewer to interpret. I wanted to find myself rooting for them as a couple, but by the end I just wanted them to decide if they’d get together so the credits could roll. Maybe I’m being too harsh on this one, but this is one I think can definitely be passed on.

Two out of five stars. <

Available to stream on Amazon Prime. <

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