THE IDEA OF YOU – Review by Susan Granger

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The older woman/younger man romantic concept has not been explored like this in a contemporary rom-com – which is what makes The Idea of You unique.

Smart, savvy Solene Marchand (Anne Hathaway – at her charming best) is a divorced, 40 year-old mom who owns an art gallery in the trendy Silver Lake section of Los Angeles.

When her feckless ex-husband (Reid Scott) flakes out on a promised trip to Coachella, Solene agrees to chaperone their 16 year-old daughter Izzy (Ella Rubin) and her friends.

Searching for the VIP bathroom at the desert concert venue, Solene accidently stumbles into the trailer belonging to British 24 year-old boy-band heartthrob Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine), who is immediately attracted to her.

When his group – August Moon – takes the stage, the pop star publicly flirts with Solene, but their rocky road to romance is filled with fame-induced pitfalls – since being with a paparazzi-hounded celebrity is challenging – even though it includes room service in posh hotel suites, glam stylists and private jets.

When she’s ruthlessly denounced as a ‘cougar’ and severely judged on social media, it deeply affects dewy yet vulnerable Solene, who describes herself as “a people-pleaser from New Jersey,” making her wonder if you can ever mend your heart after it’s been broken by a massive trust trauma.

Based on Robinne Lee’s popular novel, it’s adapted by Jennifer Westfeldt and director Michael Showalter, who deftly hone in on what happens to a middle-aged woman who defies societal expectations and how its ramifications affect her teenage daughter.

Apparently that’s a poignant topic to which Anne Hathaway can relate, since she’s been the object of social media controversy ever since the cruel backlash after her Oscar-win for “Les Miserables” and has spoken of it to several interviewers.

Recognize Nicholas Galitzine from “Red, White & Royal Blue” and “George & Mary”? Many fans think his Hayes Campbell character was inspired by ‘One Direction’ frontman Harry Styles’ dating ‘older’ Olivia Wilde.

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Idea of You is an empathetic 8, an emotional roller-coaster – streaming on Prime Video.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.