THE IDEA OF YOU – Review by Susan Granger

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 flakes out on a promised trip to Coachella, Solene agrees to chaperone their 16 year-old daughter Izzy and her friends. 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.

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THE IDEA OF YOU – Review by Nadine Whitney

Michael Showalter’s adaptation of Robinne Lee’s almost fan fiction novel The Idea of You is much better than it has any right to be. Starring Anne Hathaway as Solène Marchand, a recently divorced mother of sixteen-year-old Izzy (Ella Rubin) who finds herself falling for Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine) a twenty-four-year-old boy band heartthrob. Showalter knows his rom-coms. He’s done satirical rom-com, tragic rom-com, and almost tragic but not rom-com, and now with The Idea of You he’s adding in spicy to the recipe. The Idea of You is a sexy and wise movie.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 10, 2024: THE IDEA OF YOU

If you can suspend your disbelief about the fact that anyone would wonder why a straight man in his 20s would find Anne Hathaway attractive, The Idea of You is a sweet, thoughtful romantic comedy about seizing your joy where you’re lucky enough to find it and ignoring the haters. And the film is undeniably Hathaway’s, thanks to her appealing performance as a 40-year-old divorced mom who’s scared to believe in her own happy ending.

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THE IDEA OF YOU – Review by Loren King

There are many reasons why a formulaic May/December romance like The Idea of You might end up as nothing more than an eye roll of a cliche-ridden film. That it not only works but is surprisingly fresh and touching is due to the textured lead performance by Anne Hathaway who brings such an appealing mix of self-awareness and vulnerability to 40 year-old divorced mom and Los Angeles art gallery owner Solène that it feels revelatory.

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