Rom-com Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between has an absolute mouthful of a title. Yet, it is one of my favorite films of the genre that Netflix has released as of late. Based on the book by Jennifer E. Smith, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between is set in Chicago, as an adorable young couple make a deal with one another that will seem incredibly difficult to honor. Utilizing the vocal talents of Jordan Fisher and the natural charisma of Talia Ryder, director Michael Lewen (in his directorial debut) crafts a vibrant depiction of young love and taking chances.
At a Halloween party meet-cute, the ambitious Clare (Talia Ryder, West Side Story, Master) bumps into the adorable Aidan (Jordan Fisher, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, Grease Live!) when seeking help to pick out a karaoke song. Naturally, Aidan is in a band and has dreams of going away to music school in Berkley, yet his parents want him to attend med school. On the other hand, Clare wants to be a lawyer, and is on the cusp of graduating from high school. They seem like a perfect personality match, but there is one major caveat: Clare has a no-boyfriends policy before she heads graduates high school! What is the point in starting a “prologue” when one’s life story is just beginning? Aidan reluctantly agrees, and just like that, a breakup pact is born.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, Clare and Aidan become smitten with one another. After a lovely montage that gives viewers a taste of their relationship, the time has come for their final date as a couple. Aidan has a special night planned—on their last date, what better way to celebrate their relationship than be reliving all of their firsts? What follows is an adorable and thorough examination of their romance from top to bottom. From their first fight to their first “I love you,” Aidan has all the bases covered. Will Clare, steadfast as ever about her plan to end things, be swayed by Aidan’s grand gestures?
In the way of originality, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between does not have a whole lot to offer. Despite this, I enjoyed it anyway. Punctuated by Jordan Fisher’s silky-smooth vocals, every moment feels genuine and heartfelt. Fighting for a love one knows exists in the face of impossible odds is a tale as old as time, and in its delivery, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between absolutely soars. I would say any lover of a good rom-com will find that the film, written by Ben York Jones (creator of Netflix’s short-lived but amazing Everything Sucks!) and Amy Reed, checks nearly every box. What better way to end a movie all about saying goodbye with a “hello?”
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between makes a pact to viewers when it heads exclusively to Netflix on Wednesday, July 6th.