Annie (Rose Byrne) is in a relationship with a college teacher (Chris O’Dowd) who is obsessed with an American musician (Ethan Hawke) who disappeared from the limelight 25 years ago; after writing a negative review online, Annie is suddenly contacted by the mysterious artist… A romantic comedy that will seem pleasantly familiar to Nick Hornby fans, especially O’Dowd’s hilariously immature character. The film addresses the void that exists between a brilliant performer and those who admire him, as well as the challenges of parenthood. Sweet and fun, with an excellent cast and lovely seaside locations.
2018-Britain-U.S. 97 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Judd Apatow, Albert Berger, Barry Mendel, Jeffrey Soros, Igor Srubshchik, Ron Yerxa. Directed by Jesse Peretz. Screenplay: Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor, Tamara Jenkins. Novel: Nick Hornby. Cast: Rose Byrne (Annie Platt), Ethan Hawke (Tucker Crowe), Chris O’Dowd (Duncan Thomson), Lily Brazier, Ayoola Smart, Azhy Robertson.
Last word: “On some level, I was intrigued by cracking how to tell Annie’s story and really seeing her as the protagonist of this movie, I really felt like I related to both of these male characters. Once upon a time, I was a major music fan and would have music obsessions at an age-appropriate time in my life. Also, from being in a band with a guy who’s not entirely unlike Tucker Crowe, I also really felt like I had an insight of that sense that musicians, in particular, can have, the way their fans project their fantasies on to them. But also, how important every word they mutter or how important a lyric of a song is. There’s ultimately something you feel, as a musician is fraudulent and bogus about the esteem that you are held to.” (Peretz, Awards Daily)