this corny film that feels good

If The idea of ​​being with you entertains us with its lightness and sparkling romance, it does not neglect deeper subjects. image: amazon prime, editing: canva

Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine play impossible lovers in romantic comedy The idea of ​​being with you available since May 2 on Amazon Prime. A film adapted from a novel, itself inspired by the British singer Harry Styles.

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“Another corny movie?!”, the majority of you will say. And with good reason, since that’s also what I thought while watching it. But it was when I sat down in front of my television for the second time (yes, I watched it twice) that I told myself that this film was more than a scenario full of clichés and characters uninspiring.

Certainly, the story is predictable, we even guess it from the first minutes: Solène Marchand, a 40-year-old single mother played by the excellent Anne Hathaway, finds herself by a combination of circumstances chaperoning her daughter to the Coachella festival. It’s there that she meets Hayes Campbell, a 24-year-old singer and member of a popular boy band, played by Nicholas Galitzine. Neither one nor two, the spark flies and an improbable relationship begins.

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It’s clear that we’re not talking here about a work that will win the Oscar… But damn, it feels good to relax in front of a film that gives us an easy dose of happiness, without the hassle. And The idea of ​​being with you fulfills this contract perfectly.

A lightness that makes GOOD

Yes, the scenario is predictable. We know full well how the film will end and the twists and turns are as surprising as a damp firecracker. But the idea here is not to have your brain steaming for three hours, but rather to enjoy a pleasant moment in front of your TV.

The strong point of the romantic comedy is undeniably the Anne Hathaway-Nicholas Galitzine duo. The first, always impeccable, bursts the screen with her charm and humor. She plays Solène with accuracy and sensitivity, giving her a depth that the script does not necessarily offer her. Nicholas Galitzine, for his part, is a revelation. His charisma and freshness make Hayes an endearing character, despite his fame and his clichéd handsome side. Their chemistry is palpable and that’s what makes the film so enjoyable to watch. We become attached to these two characters and we want to believe in their story, even if we know that it is doomed to failure.

Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine in “The Idea of ​​Being With You”

The idea of ​​being with you doesn’t pretend to be more than a feel-good movie.Image: amazon prime

If The idea of ​​being with you entertains us with its lightness and sparkling romance, it does not neglect deeper subjects. The issue of the age difference between two romantic partners is at the heart of the film. As producer Cathy Schulman points out in a press release, many obstacles stand between Solène and Hayes and in particular their considerable age difference (more than 15 years), but also their distinct social status… He is a star, she is a 40-year-old woman passionate about art who was dumped by her husband for a younger woman.

Yet, despite these dissonances, a real connection is created between them. The age gap, far from being an anecdotal detail, becomes a central element of the story, a Source of tension, but above all of questions. It arouses incomprehension and disapproval from those around the two protagonists embodying the prejudices and social conventions that surround romantic relationships, especially when a celebrity is involved. It’s all these criticisms that will get the better of their love.

“People hate happy women”

The idea of ​​being with you

Getting old is not so terrible

But The idea of ​​being with you has another string to its bow and it is perhaps the most important in my eyes: the character of Solène played by Anne Hathaway. As a 40-year-old woman, she faces the dictates of society and the fear of growing old. But she embraces her age with grace and confidence, except when it comes to showing off in a bikini in front of young girls at the edge of the sumptuous villa in the south of France rented by Hayes.

This film is for all women who are afraid of getting old, including me. Seeing my life go by without having time to enjoy it triggers terrible anxiety attacks. Society bombards us with messages about the importance of youth and beauty, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the passage of time. But The idea of ​​being with you offered me a breath of fresh air.

Of course, the film is not a cinematic masterpiece. But it does good, makes you smile and inspires. In the end, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a gripping story and indulging in a guilty pleasure without feeling guilty.

So, if you are looking for a light, entertaining film that will do you good, The idea of ​​being with you is made for you. However, don’t expect to be surprised or upset, but let yourself be carried away by the wave of positivism and good humor that he gives off. And above all, don’t forget: growing old is not a defect, it is a privilege.

The Idea of ​​Being With You has been available on Prime Video since May 2, 2024.

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