Movie Review: The Idea of You

Wednesday, May 01, 2024


Hey Mofos! 

TWO IN A ROW! I knooooowwww! This time I went to check out the rom com The Idea of You. Let's just say I am in my feelings now. But let's get into the deets. 

The film is based on a love story of the same name. The Idea of You is centered around  Solène (Anne Hathaway), a 40-year-old single mom who begins an unexpected romance with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine), the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet.

The way they meet is so insane, because chile, DOES THIS EVER HAPPEN TO ANYONE?! 

Solène chaperones her teenage daughter’s trip to the Coachella Music Festival after her ex bails at the last minute, she has a chance encounter with Hayes when she goes into his trailer to use the bathroom. Like, how did she not know she should go to the itty bitty uncomfortable bathroom in port-a-john land?

Sparks fly and he even dedicates a song to her during the August Moon performance. SWOOOOOOON. Of course after that, their whirlwind romance begins as he finds her at her art gallery. The two drop their guard and almost their drawls. 

As a woman of a certain age, it's not hard to wonder what if? When he invites her to visit, things get steamy and the adventure of a lifetime for a single mom in the world of glitz and glamour takes off. Of course, it isn’t long before Hayes’ superstar status poses unavoidable challenges to their relationship, and Solène soon discovers that life in the glare of his spotlight might be more than she bargained for. After all, she is a sensible mom that's worried about her daughter, and what her family and friends might think. 

So it got me to thinking, she tells Hayes at one point she is ashamed, and being close to her age, I get it. It's like we want to have a man that we can be proud of and show off to the world, but when we're happy, there's always this threat of doubt that it can all come crumbling down. She also was ashamed because of the age difference, but SHE WAS HAPPY! Why can't women just be happy? He was old enough and when some ragglass men do the exact same thing--it's okay? She had so many haters in internet land because this pop star chose to do what made him happy, and be with her. Ugh. 

It also got me to thinking, why can't we all have an escape into a rom com and things unfold like the perfect meet cute, the whirlwind romance, a couple light speed bumps, but then the fairytale works out happily ever after? I guess cuz life be life-ing and it doesn't work that way. But this film is a great escape to wonder, WHAT IF? 

I love this film celebrates middle-aged women and how we're still sexy, fun, and full of laughs and adventure. I love the intimate ok the secks scenes because just because she's middle aged doesn't mean she can't get it in! It's also a film that shows it's never too late for love. *insert me in my feelings*

One thing the film got right was August Moon, because you couldn't tell me this wasn't a real boy band. Hayes gave Harry Styles energy and I was here for it all. He wasn't the typical 20-something year old with lots of money, hoes and clothes. He was wise beyond his years and actually showed emotion when ish hurt. COME THRU TEARS! 

The Idea of You, an Amazon MGM Studios release, directed by Michael Showalter, premieres on Prime on May 2. 

I'm curious, if you could live out a fantasy with your favorite pop star or celebrity, who would it be? 


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