“Following the launch of her new novel, 35-year-old writer Kate is invited to speak at her alma matter by her former professor. After accepting the invitation, Kate finds herself deeply enmeshed in the lives of a group of college students.

Director: Kris Rey
Writer: Kris Rey
Staring: GIllian Jacobs, Jemaine Clement, Josh Wiggins
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Streaming: HBO MAX

As someone who is still connected to their alma mater (literally working there), there was something about I Used To Go Here that really sticks to me bones. The idea of trying to make a mentor proud while still making mistakes and learning to live with them.

I really love Gillian Jacobs in this movie, and this role. A humble person not used to having someone paying them attention and giving praise. It is not the hardest part to play, that of Kate, but Jacobs has a levity that fits well in an light-hearted library type of movie.

  • I Used To Go Here surprises me by not playing out the college kids in their typical fashion. Credit to Kris Rey for writing the youngings with some depth and character. I also love Tall Brandon.
  • The sound of Jermaine Clement’s voice is hilarious. He somehow combines earnest with charisma with pitiful.
  • A part of I Used To Go Here that clicked was when Kate flipped to the back of her book and saw “fiancé” written out. Immediately the audience knows the stakes of her past love life, and how its etched into her life accomplishment.
  • Why is it that its English or theater teachers are the ones always embroiled in college romances?

STANKO RATING: B+ (4.0/5 Stars)


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