The American romantic drama film Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between was released on July 6, 2022, on Netflix. It is directed by Michael Lewen, in his directorial debut, from a screenplay by Amy Reed and Ben York Jones, based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. It stars Jordan Fisher, Talia Ryder, Ayo Edebiri, and Nico Hiraga. The movie follows high school sweethearts Clare and Aidan as they spend the night before their college move-in dates saying goodbye to their friends, family, and hometown. As the night wears on, the couple begins to question their decision to go to different colleges and whether they should stay together or break up.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a tender and funny look at first love, heartbreak, and everything in between. The Guardian published a review of the film and wrote, “The film never punctures the sanitized surface of its aesthetic, but it does dig into the specifically teenage delusion that you can avoid the messiness of endings, that you can throw yourself into deep feelings and emerge unscathed.” If you’re looking for more romantic films to watch similar to Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, here are five movies we highly recommend watching.
Along For The Ride
Sofia Alvarez’s Along for the Ride follows Auden West (Emma Pasarow) as she moves from her home in California to her father’s (Dermot Mulroney) house in North Carolina for the summer. While there, she meets Eli (Belmont Cameli), a local boy who works at the hotel where her father is employed. The two quickly become friends, spending their days exploring the town and getting to know each other. Along for the Ride is a tender coming-of-age story that explores the power of first love and self-discovery. Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli give nuanced performances as Auden and Eli, respectively, while Kate Bosworth, Laura Kariuki, and Andie MacDowell provide strong support as Auden’s family and friends. Just like Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, Sofia Alvarez’s film is a moving portrait of adolescence that will resonate with viewers of all ages. In a review by IndieWire, they praised the chemistry of Pasarow and Cameli, saying, “The twists and turns “Along for the Ride” are predictable, easily talked through, and wholly relatable. It doesn’t surprise, but it does charm, and Pasarow and Cameli generate basic chemistry and heat as Auden and Eli along the way. “Along for the Ride” accomplishes the primary directive of all romances: You root for its core couple.”
To All The Boys: Always And Forever
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between shares a very similar style and plot line to the 2021 American teen romantic comedy film To All the Boys: Always and Forever, directed by Michael Fimognari and starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. The film is based on Jenny Han’s 2017 novel Always and Forever, Lara Jean, and is a sequel to To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and the third and final installment in the To All the Boys film series. The film follows Lara Jean Covey as she navigates her senior year of high school and prepares for her future beyond. As she looks ahead to her life, she must also grapple with saying goodbye to the people and places she loves. To All the Boys: Always and Forever is a heartwarming story about first love, growing up, and making tough choices. It’s sure to leave viewers with a smile and a longing for their happy ending. Empire commended the film for its fantastic finale to the trilogy and wrote, “Always And Forever seals the deal with a final chapter that not only does right by its central characters but by extension does right by its audience too. It’s one last love letter that delivers all the feels.”
Love, Rosie is a 2014 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Christian Ditter from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi, based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End by Irish author Cecelia Ahern. The film stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, with Christian Cooke, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Jamie Beamish, and Jaime Winstone in supporting roles. The film follows the lifelong friendship of Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart from their childhood in Dublin through to adulthood as they navigate life’s ups and downs together. With an all-star cast and a heartwarming story, Love, Rosie is a feel-good film that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. Variety wrote a review of the film and gave special mention to the performances, especially for Lily Collins, saying, “Required to carry the characters from their late teens to their early thirties, both actors deftly pull off that tricky transition, aided considerably by Tony Cranstoun’s fleet, springy editing. Collins, who made such a bright, fizzy Snow White in 2012’s “Mirror Mirror,” proves a particularly agile comedienne, showing womanly wit and gumption beneath the requisite, radiant ingenue exterior.”
One Day is a 2011 romantic drama film directed by Lone Scherfig from a screenplay by David Nicholls, based on Nicholls’ 2009 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, with Patricia Clarkson, Ken Stott, and Romola Garai in supporting roles. The film follows the lives of Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess) over a period of 20 years, starting on the day of their university graduation in 1988. One Day is a touching love story and a powerful portrait of contemporary life, exploring the joys and heartbreaks of friendship, marriage, and parenthood. The Hollywood Reporter commended the film’s cinematography and scored in their review and wrote, “Cinematographer Benoît Delhomme and production designer Mark Tidesley give the drama the gloss of the film’s many splendid locations around Edinburgh, Paris, London, and various country and sea sides without indulging in too much nostalgia for the changing periods. Rachel Portman’s lush and dreamy score accentuates the film’s themes and the ultimate melancholy in the final chapter of Em and Dex.”
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, from a screenplay written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Tim Tharp. It stars Miles Teller (in his first film lead role) and Shailene Woodley with Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bob Odenkirk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Kyle Chandler in supporting roles. The Spectacular Now tells the story of Sutter Keely, an outgoing high school senior with a quirky sense of humor and a drinking problem. When Sutter’s girlfriend breaks up with him, he finds consolation through a girl named Aimee. The Spectacular Now is a moving and honest portrait of teenage love that will resonate with anyone who has ever been in a relationship or is currently in one. In a review by Common Sense Media, they described the film as “realistic fiction at its best and most poignant” and praised the lead performances saying, “Teller, looking a bit like a young John Cusack, is a perfect high school everyman. He’s brilliant, and Woodley is every bit as vulnerable and outstanding as she was in The Descendants.”
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