The Idea of You

The Idea of You


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  • Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine make this rom-com a winner

    "There’s no shortage of rom-com “chick flicks” out there, and many are so mundane that only the most devout genre fans can handle them. But The Idea of You is different. Not only does it question ageism and gender roles, but Hathaway brings her Oscar-winning talent to the film and surprisingly Galitzine has the energy to match. The Idea of You is fun, flirty, and downright enjoyable. It’s the perfect movie for your next date night."

  • Perfect for fans of rom-coms and boy bands

    "The Idea of You is elevated beyond the typical romantic comedy due to the phenomenal performances of Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine, who share an electric and believable chemistry onscreen. Additionally, boy band fans will be unable to resist the charm and strong One Direction vibes emanating from August Moon. The Idea of You is reminiscent of No Hard Feelings but finds a better balance between humor and seriousness, ultimately resulting in a funny, steamy, and surprisingly positive story of a middle-aged woman taking control of her life and reminding society of her relevance."

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Streaming charts last updated: 1:16:42 PM, 05/20/2024

The Idea of You is 11 on the JustWatch Daily Streaming Charts today. The movie has moved up the charts by 7 places since yesterday. In the United States, it is currently more popular than The Holdovers but less popular than Late Night with the Devil.


A guarded art curator and single mother falls for a superstar musician

Solene is a 40-year-old single mother working as an art curator content with the simple life she leads. Until she meets Hayes Campbell, lead singer of the most famous band in the world, August Moon. After a nervous start, Solene lets her guard down and lets herself fall in love despite the reaction of the worldwide press.

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What to know

What is The Idea of You about?

The Idea Of You is a romantic comedy movie. The movie is directed by Michael Showalter, best known for directing The Big Sick, The Lovebirds, and The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The Idea of You is written by Michael Showalter and Jennifer Westfeldt, a writer on Grey’s Anatomy, 24, and Parachute. The Idea Of You is produced by Cathy Schulman, Gabrielle Union, Anne Hathaway, Robinne Lee, Eric Hayes, Michael Showalter, and Jordana Mollick.

What is The Idea of You based on?

The movie is based on the book The Idea of You written by Robinne Lee. The book was first released in 2017. The adaptation was first announced in 2018 with Robinne Lee confirmed as a producer on the movie. 

Is the Idea of You Harry Styles fan fiction?

Author of the book Robinne Lee confirmed that the story was not Harry Styles fan fiction though he, alongside Prince Harry were inspirations behind the character of Hayes. She has stated in interviews that the book is more about the character Solene, who is reclaiming her sexuality in her 40s. Nicholas Galitzine who portrays Hayes in the movie also claimed Harry Styles as an influence when getting into character but stressed that he wanted to create an original character.

Who is starring in The Idea of You?

The Idea Of You stars Anne Hathaway in the lead role as Solene Marchand. Hathaway is a multi-award-winning actress who has starred in movies such as Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises, and Les Miserables. She is joined by Nicholas Galitzine in the role of Hayes Campbell. The English actor is known for his performances in Red, White & Royal Blue as well as the movie Bottoms. The cast also includes Ella Rubin, Reid Scott, Jordan Aaron Hall, Jaiden Anthony, Raymond Cham Jr, Viktor White, Dakota Adan, Annie Mumolo, and Perry Mattfeld.

Is The Idea of You R rated?

The movie is about a steamy romance between a young superstar and a woman reclaiming her sexuality in her 40s. It is rated R for language throughout and sexual content.

Production News

  • December 19, 2018
    • The rights to adapt the movie are acquired by Welle Entertainment and producer Gabrielle Union. (Source: Deadline)
  • June 21, 2021
    • Amazon Studios confirm they are teaming up with Welle Entertainment to develop the movie with Anne Hathaway confirmed to be starring in the lead role. (Source: Deadline)
  • August 25, 2022
    • The Big Sick filmmaker Michael Showalter is confirmed as the director of the movie with Cathy Schulman announced as a producer. (Source: Deadline)
  • September 19, 2022
    • Nicholas Galitzine is confirmed to be starring opposite Anne Hathaway in the role of Hayes Campbell. (Source: Variety)
  • October 12, 2022
    • Ella Rubin is announced to be starring as the daughter of Anne Hathaway’s character Solene. (Source: Variety)
  • October 20, 2022
    • A new casting announcement confirms the involvement of Annie Mumolo, Reid Scott, Perry Mattfeld, and Jordan Aaron Hall. (Source: Variety)
  • January 30, 2024
    • The Idea of You is confirmed as the closing movie of SXSW 2024. (Source: Variety)
  • March 6, 2024
    • The first trailer for the movie is released teasing a steamy but heartfelt love story between the guarded Solene and the free-spirited Hayes. (Source: YouTube)
  • May 2, 2024
    • The Idea Of You was released on Amazon Prime Video. (Source: Amazon Prime Video)

Streaming Charts

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IMDB 6.4 (31k)


Drama, Romance, Comedy


1h 56min

Age rating


Production country

United States


Michael Showalter


Anne Hathaway
Solène Marchand
Nicholas Galitzine
Hayes Campbell
Ella Rubin
Annie Mumolo
Reid Scott
Perry Mattfeld
Jordan Aaron Hall
Mathilda Gianopoulos
Meg Millidge
Cheech Manohar
Raymond Cham Jr.
Jaiden Anthony
Viktor White
Dakota Adan
Roxy Rivera
Graham Norton
Graham Norton
Grace Junot
Jon Levine
Demi Castro
Trevor David
Brent Bailey
Chandler Lovelle
Nina Bloomgarden
Hedy Nasser
Luke Pierre Roness
Melanie Kiran
Moonhead Woman
Rashal James
Angela Davis
Lauren Revard
Camp Mom
Tiffany Morgan
Camp Mom
Dustin Lewis
Camp Dad
Tanya Lim
Counselor Molly
Bethany Brown
Trinity Ansah
Holly Morris
Jean-Luc McMurtry
Chateau House Staff
Darryl Fields Jr.