I know, going returning to school at an older age may seem like a lot of fun thanks to films like Back To School and Life of the Party, but it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Okay, that may or may not be true. In the new film I Used to Go Here by writer/director Kris Rey, it still looks pretty fun for stars Gillian Jacobs and Jemaine Clement.
I Used to Go Here stars Jacobs as a 35-year-old woman who sees her book launch go bellyup, and needing a morale boost she decides to return to her alma mater to give a lecture. Clement plays her former crush and college professor, and the one who invited her in the first place. And as you probably already guessed, Jacobs goes stumbling backwards into old habits and immature behavior, including what might be a fling with a student half her age.
The cast includes Josh Wiggins, Zoe Chao, Hannah Marks, Forrest Goodluck, Kate Micucci, and Jorma Toccone. Nothing wrong about that. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Taccone also produce, so those Lonely Island guys are on a roll with this and Palm Springs, which opens in a few days.
You may or may not recognize the name Kris Rey. She used to go by Kris Swanberg (the ex-wife of director Joe Swanberg), and last directed the 2015 drama Unexpected.
I Used to Go Here would’ve had its world premiere at the canceled SXSW, but will now hit theaters and VOD on August 7th.
SYNOPSIS: Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives a welcome invitation from her former professor and old crush (Jemaine Clement) to speak at her alma mater. With her book tour canceled, and her ego deflated, Kate hopes that returning to her old college as a published author will give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression—from misadventures with eccentric twenty-year-olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor’s new favorite student. Bittersweet emotion and awkward humor abound as Kate journeys through her past to redefine her future in this big-hearted fourth feature from writer/director Kris Rey. A Gravitas Ventures release