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I thought I Know Where I'm Going was a romantic comedy.

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I saw this movie years ago, probably around the time it was made, and I remember liking it quite a bit. As you say, it would be interesting to see it again.

I didn't make the Nick Hornby connection between this movie and Brooklyn. Man, did I love Brooklyn. The book is better?

"52 RomComs" made me laugh, too. A somewhat alarmed laugh.

What I different take I had on the Hugh Grant character's life style at the beginning of the movie! I thought he was very obviously a lonely and deep-down sad man who knew his life was lacking a lot. Maybe a male versus female point of view thing?

I think what Grant did best in the movie was the quiet way he expressed the painful reaction all of us in the audience have to the boy's almost complete nerdiness, much of which was due to his devotion to his strange, unhappy mother.

Yes, Marianne, that is an astute point. Watching Grant react to Marcus is a big part of it all.

Craig, yes the Brooklyn book is even better. Colm Toibin is a very fine writer who I want to read more of.

I liked the movie High Fidelity, but mainly because of the picture of the music fanatics who worked at the store. Hit pretty close to home. I think I read the book--I know I read something by Nick Hornby but I'm not sure if it was that. I enjoyed it but was not knocked out.

We went to see it at the time. We did not see anything enviable about the protagonist's life, and the Hugh Grant character's alienation from the life of an adult male is a theme parallel to Marcus' alienation from the ordinary life of a boy. The mother's indulgence in various facets of 1970s goof culture is played for laughs - you don't need high density whole wheat bread, support groups, and macrame for this sort of mother-son dynamic to take hold; I've seen it among philharmonic-loving women's club patricians.

(While we're at it, he sings Roberta Flack at home to his mother's piano accompaniment. Hugh Grant attempts to salvage matters when he proposes to sing "Killing Me Softly" at a school talent show).

There are some important lacunae in the plot that are never resolved.

Yes, I half-watched it when it was on TV here, and thought "the Hugh Grant character's alienation from the life of an adult male" came through very clearly as something rather pitiable, or only meretriciously appealing.

I haven't seen the movie, but I'm sorry to say that I can imagine at certain points in my life thinking his life was somewhat enviable.

I have seen the movie three times. It is hilarious.

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