Hello I Must Be Going (2012 film)

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Hello I Must Be Going
Hello I Must Be Going (U.S. theatrical release).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTodd Louiso
Written bySarah Koskoff
Produced byHans Ritter
Mary Jane Skalski
StarringMelanie Lynskey
Christopher Abbott
Blythe Danner
John Rubinstein
CinematographyJulie Kirkwood
Edited byTom McArdle
Music byLaura Veirs
Skyscraper Content
Union Entertainment Group
Distributed byOscilloscope Pictures
Release date
  • September 7, 2012 (2012-09-07)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$106,709[1]

Hello I Must Be Going is a 2012 American comedy-drama film written by Sarah Koskoff and directed by Todd Louiso. It stars Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott and Blythe Danner. The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival,[2] and was released theatrically in the United States on September 7, 2012. The title is a reference to a song from the Marx Brothers' film Animal Crackers.

Speaking of the casting decision of Lynskey in the lead, director Todd Louiso said, "I knew if I cast her, the film had the potential to resonate on a thousand different levels." After Lynskey's audition, "there was no one else."[3] The role represented a career breakthrough for Lynskey, who had previously played in numerous supporting roles.[3] In Hello I Must Be Going, she appears in every scene.[3]


In the midst of a divorce and condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35, Amy Minsky's prospects are looking bleak. She's depressed, out of work, and fed up with everybody's so-called "advice", but a secret love affair with a handsome 19-year-old gradually reinstates her self-esteem.


  • Melanie Lynskey as Amy Minsky, an unemployed divorcee who moves back in with her parents
  • Blythe Danner as Ruth Minsky, Amy's mother
  • Christopher Abbott as Jeremy Hammer, a 19-year-old actor and Gwen's son
  • John Rubinstein as Stan Minsky, a lawyer and Amy's father
  • Dan Futterman as David, an entertainment lawyer and Amy's ex-husband
  • Julie White as Gwen Hammer, Jeremy's mother and Larry's wife
  • Sara Chase as Missy Minsky, Amy's sister-in-law and Noah's wife
  • Daniel Eric Gold as Noah Minsky, Amy's brother and Missy's husband who works as a lawyer with Stan
  • Meera Simhan as Karen, a high school acquaintance of Amy's whom she reconnects with
  • Damian Young as Larry, Jeremy's stepfather and Gwen's husband
  • Tori Feinstein as Caley Minsky, Missy and Noah's daughter and Amy's niece
  • Jimmi Simpson as Phil Bauer, another recent divorcee and friend of Missy and Noah whom Amy goes on a date with
  • Greta Lee as a Gap employee
  • Andrea Bordeaux as a hostess


Filming took place primarily in Westport, Connecticut in August 2011. The shoot lasted 20 days.[4]


The film received positive reviews from critics; it currently holds a 75% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 51 reviews, with the site's consensus stating: "Hello I Must Be Going offers an offbeat twist to the romance genre, a solid character study for fans of grown-up drama, and a career-making breakout vehicle for Melanie Lynskey."[5] USA Today called it "a funny, well-written, involving and emotionally honest tale."[6] Particular praise was given to Lynskey, with The Seattle Times calling her performance "a master class in acting."[7] The Washington Post commented that "[the film] succeeds almost entirely on the strength of Lynskey's heartfelt and humorous performance,"[8] while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Lynskey inhabits the role so completely, brings such exquisite naturalness to her performance, that she becomes someone we root for unreservedly."[9]


The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival,[10] and was named one of the Top Ten Independent Films of 2012 by the National Board of Review.[11] Lynskey's performance earned a nomination for Breakthrough Actor at the 2012 Gotham Awards.[12]


The film's soundtrack was released on September 11, 2012. It features instrumental and vocal material by American singer/songwriter Laura Veirs.

  1. "I Can See Your Tracks" – 3:06
  2. "The Fox" – 2:14
  3. "Where Are You Driving"  – 2:53
  4. "Little Lap Dog Lullaby"  – 2:05
  5. "July Flame"  – 4:18
  6. "Make Something Good"  – 4:14
  7. "Tumblebee"  – 2:36
  8. "Drink Deep"  – 4:36
  9. "Prairie Dream"  – 1:21
  10. "Carol Kaye"  – 2:48
  11. "Song My Friends Taught Me"  – 4:32
  12. "Little Deschutes"  – 4:07
  13. "Silo Song"  – 2:38
  14. "Spring Song"  – 3:41


  1. ^ Hello I Must Be Going at Box Office Mojo Retrieved July 20, 2013
  2. ^ "2012 Todd Louiso: "Hello I Must Be Going"". Sundance.org. Sep 5, 2012. Archived from the original on June 13, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Barnes, Brooks (2012-01-20). "Melanie Lynskey's Star Shines at Sundance". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  4. ^ "Westport showcased in town native's film, Hello I Must Be Going". Westport News. September 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Hello I Must Be Going". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  6. ^ "Hello I Must Be Going is a funny, well-written tale". USA Today. 2012-09-13.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Hello I Must Be Going is perfect for actress Melanie Lynskey". The Seattle Times. September 20, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Hello I Must Be Going". The Washington Post. September 21, 2012. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "Melanie Lynskey is highlight of Hello I Must Be Going". Los Angeles Times. September 6, 2012.
  10. ^ "Awards for Hello I Must Be Going (2012)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  11. ^ "Zero Dark Thirty Named Best Film by National Board of Review". The Hollywood Reporter. December 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "Nominees Announced for IFP's 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards". IFP. October 18, 2012.

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