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The Idea Of You is an enjoyable May/December romance

Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway teams up with up-and-coming actor Nicholas Galitzine in the romantic dramedy The Idea of You, available on Prime Video. Directed by Michael Showalter, the screenplay was co-written by Showalter and Jennifer Westfeldt and is based on the novel of the same name by Robinne Lee.

Solène (Anne Hathaway), a relatable 40-year-old single mom, finds herself in a whirlwind of unexpected events. When her ex cancels on her, she steps up to chaperone their teenage daughter Izzy’s (Ella Rubin) trip to the Coachella Music Festival. Little does she know this trip will change her life. A chance encounter with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine) sparks an undeniable connection, leading to a romance that defies societal norms and challenges their very different lifestyles.

Despite being out of touch with modern music, Solène finds herself in a whirlwind romance with Hayes, the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet. As their relationship unfolds, Solène realizes that life in the spotlight might not be what she expected, adding an intriguing twist to their story.

The film offers audiences two particularly alluring elements that will capture their attention: Anne Hathaway’s much-anticipated return to the genre and a fictional musical group inspired by the popular boy band One Direction. While films exploring the theme of May/December romances are familiar territory, echoing themes seen in classics like “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Murphy’s Romance,” what truly makes them stand out is the palpable chemistry between the lead characters. This factor significantly enhances the narrative. 

In this case, the movie stands out for its striking honesty and realism in portraying the age difference between the protagonists, a unique aspect that sets it apart from other romantic dramas. The film candidly addresses both characters’ awareness of the complications of their situation and societal scrutiny. From the beginning, Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine display undeniable chemistry, which helps build an engaging and straightforward narrative that turns into a delightful romantic tale.

Without giving away any significant plot points, I’d like to inform dedicated readers that the conclusion has undergone revisions. While some might find it a fitting end to the story, others may have concerns about it. Nonetheless, “The Idea of You” is an excellent source of romantic escapism for anyone seeking a break from reality. 

Final Grade: B+

“The Idea of You” is available to stream tomorrow on Prime Video.

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