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54 Thoughts I Had About ‘The Idea of You’

The Idea of You, Michael Showalter’s rom-com starring Anne Hathaway as the divorced mom of a teen and Nicholas Galitzine as the Harry Styles–coded boy-band star she improbably falls for, is officially out on Prime Video as of this week. I highly recommend reading the original book that the movie was based on, but still, there’s no harm in indulging in a slightly fluffy little cinematic adaptation. Below, find (quite literally) every thought I had while watching The Idea of You:

  1. Hey, L.A.! I live (and laugh and love) there!
  2. The niceness of Anne Hathaway’s house is pissing me off.
  3. Wow, Anne’s friend warning her about bears as a major danger of solo camping is right on trend with the “bears versus straight men” discourse.
  4. Am I really to believe that Anne has a full-on teenage daughter? Not impossible, I guess, but truly, drop the skin-care routine, Hathaway glam team!
  5. Okay, August Moon is the band du jour that Anne’s daughter’s friends like. I wonder if they’ll come up later!
  6. Oh no, not an ex-husband’s new girlfriend in a big stupid hat! Truly an L.A. nightmare.
  7. Wow, Anne’s ex is Dan Egan from Veep! Albeit with a gray beard, to show that time has passed.
  8. Wow, the new wife’s Coachella eye gems are even pissing me off.
  10. God, I love Anne’s huge sun hat. Very sexy-mom-over-40.
  11. Okay, Nicholas is the lead singer of August Moon, and there are obviously sparks flying between him and Anne.
  12. Anne working overtime to get her daughter into this concert is reminding me of when my dad joined the Nicki Minaj superfan sign-up mailing list in order to snag “Pinkprint” tour tickets for me and my college friends. Parents: Sometimes they’re extremely cool!
  13. Whoever figured out the placement of Nicholas’s tattoos deserves every award. (Unless those are his real tattoos? Hot, if so.)
  14. God, I’m so glad I’m not a teen at Coachella.
  15. Seriously, just think of the sun exposure!
  16. Okay, I’m officially washed. Moving on.
  17. Anne’s “teen” daughter is definitely played by an adult actress, IMO.
  18. Okay, I googled it, and she’s 22. Not bad at all, compared to the actors on The O.C. who were, like, 40 and playing teenagers!
  19. Anne’s daughter’s friend forgetting her own name in front of her boy-band crush is deeply relatable.
  20. Wow, Anne’s job is owning a contemporary art gallery in Silver Lake? Go off, Charlotte York!
  21. Sorry, but this band is bad.
  22. Hey, it’s another big stupid hat! True verisimilitude in cinema, because I cannot walk down Sunset without seeing five of these, even in 2024.
  23. Oh damn, Nicholas semi-dedicates a song to Anne! Sexy behavior, if a tad thirsty.
  24. Wow, there are hella divorced men at Anne’s birthday party.
  25. Hey, Nicholas is at Anne’s gallery!
  26. God, I want to be a fine-art consumer.
  27. Wait, he’s buying all the sculpture? Kind of a boss move, in a Silver Lake soy-boy way.
  28. Oops, he’s actually just buying everything in the gallery.
  29. I can’t tell which I’m rooting for more, Nicholas’s hoop earring or Anne’s perfectly choppy bangs.
  30. Someone inviting themself into your car without giving you the chance to clean it first? Another L.A. nightmare.
  31. They’re headed to an art warehouse in…guess where? Glendale! Remember how I said that particular neighborhood was where it’s currently at? I am truly the real-estate Cassandra of our time.
  32. I’m a little bit addicted to the sight of Nicholas Galitzine in a fuzzy sweater.
  33. “Let’s go to my house—I’m going to make you a sandwich” is the sexiest thing anyone could possibly say (to me, anyway—doesn’t hurt if it’s Anne Hathaway saying it!).
  34. The Fiona Apple placement on the soundtrack is everything to me.
  35. Watching Anne Hathaway cry is like watching my mom cry; I simply can’t handle it, emotionally speaking.
  36. Okay, this sex scene goes hard as hell, TBH. Well, it’s not really a sex scene, more of a tortured kissing scene, but we love to see it!
  37. Anne is dropping her daughter off at camp, which I believe frees her up for Sex With a Musician all summer long, but we’ll presumably find out.
  38. God, even the texting between Nicholas and Anne is hot.
  39. Okay, now THAT was a sex scene, made all the better by Nicholas ordering room-service chicken fingers immediately afterward. What a man!
  40. Oh, she’s going on tour with him? Down bad, indeed!
  41. PJ’s time!
  42. Nicholas Galitzine, I would be your “art consultant” in a heartbeat. DM me.
  43. I’m so sorry, but the cringe factor of August Moon is truly making me laugh.
  44. It’s crazy that Anne is even hesitating about joining Nicholas in a French villa, frankly. Your daughter’s at camp! Live a little!
  45. Oh noooo, the whole serenade-to-Anne thing was a preplanned bit, and she’s understandably pissed.
  46. Dan from Veep is clearly jealous about Anne’s fling with Nicholas, and I can’t blame him.
  47. Oh shit, the new GF is leaving him!
  48. Uh-oh, the news of Anne and Nicholas has reached the internet, which means that in this alternate reality, I’d absolutely be blogging about it (sorry, Anne).
  49. One of these headlines about Anne just says “HER???” Brutal, but also, have they seen Anne Hathaway?
  50. “People hate happy women” is truly the line of the year.
  51. Aww, Anne’s daughter is being bullied and having her crush be mean to her, all because her mom is finally having fun for once. Leave Anne alone, mean teens!
  52. Anne breaks up with Nicholas because of her daughter, but clearly neither of them is happy about it.
  53. Well, that didn’t last long! Nicholas wants Anne to “revisit this in five years,” when her daughter is out of school, which…seems unlikely. (The revisiting part, not the finishing-school part.)
  54. OMG, it’s five years later and they totally get together! Again, unlikely, but I guess it’s a rom-com.

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