I Used To Go Here Review - A wannabe romcom with lacklustre execution
Aparnna Hajirnis -
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Format: Feature Movie Platform: Apple TV+ Movie Rated: 16+ Genre: Comedy, Drama Language: English Digital Premiere Date: 7 August 2020
What Is It About?
Gillian Jacobs stars as Kate Konklin, a failed author who gets a chance to go back to her alma mater to address students who are aspiring to be writers themselves. Kate is still smarting over being dumped by her boyfriend, the fact that all of her friends are pregnant and this trip seems like a confidence boost for her. She soon gets involved in the lives of the students in her college and finds a shocking thing about her favourite professor from college.
Kris Rey, the director here taps into the 30 somethings whose lives haven't turned out the way they expected in college. Our heroine Kate here, too, is a 30-something writer who is still figuring out her life. She's always smiling and being pleasant to everyone, thereby insinuating that she is a bit low on confidence. Plotwise the movie is too doltish and by the end of it, it leaves you with no emotions or takeaways whatsoever. While there is a sub-plot of a possible #MeToo situation in Kate's college involving her professor, that too doesn't end the way you would want it to. A lot of sub-plots are left handing loose by the makers. The movie was previously scheduled to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival but was postponed and released digitally due to the Corona Pandemic. The makers try hard to sell this movie off as a deadpan, humorous take on a 30-something woman befriending Millenials for hilarious outcomes, but sadly the execution fails leading to a very lacklustre film. In the end, we find it hard to root for a character who hasn't made a compelling case for the choices she's made or for the lack of success in her life.
Gillian Jacobs, who was last seen on the Netflix dramedy, Love seems earnest in her efforts as Kate, who is struggling with a failed career and a failed relationship. She is present in every frame of the film. The rest of the cast, also some actors from Love and Easy appear in cameos. The director Kris Rey, too appears as the love interest of Gillian's ex. The millennials, who Kate hangs out with have also done a decent role in whatever little screen time they had.
Music and other departments
There are some decent tracks which are played in the background of the film which seems to go well with the overall feel of the film.
If you are a fan of Gillian Jacobs and wanted to see more of her after Love ended, this movie might make you happy.
This movie reminded me a lot of the movie 'Spinster' starring Chelsea Peretti. But that was not just funny, it put forth a compelling case for the lead to wanting a better life. This movie is too drab and nothing really happens nor do the storylines go anywhere.
Did I Enjoy It?
Honestly, I felt this movie could have added more elements to it and been made into a series, thereby fleshing out stories for every character.
Do I Recommend It?
Not, really. You can very well skip this movie.
I Used To Go Here follows Kate (Gillian Jacobs), a mid-30s writer recently after releasing her novel. The release should have been a milestone moment, but the novel is underperforming and her tour has since been cancelled. With friends around her excelling at adulthood normalcies like marriages and growing families, Kate jumps at the chance of a speaking engagement at her alma mater after an invitation from her former professor, David (Jemain Clement). While back at college, Kate finds herself deeply enmeshed in the lives of an eccentric group of college students.
Gillian Jacobs, Jemaine Clement, Hannah Marks, Kate Micucci, Jorma Taccone, Josh Wiggins, Forrest Goodluck
Jonathan Duffy, Jordan Yale Levine, Kelly Williams
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Production House :
Yale Productions BondIt Media Capital (in association with) Buffalo 8 Productions (post-production) Party Over Here SSS Entertainment (in association with) SSS Film Capital (in association with) Ten Acre Films