Release Date: August 19, 2011
Genre: Romantic Drama
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features/Comcast
Director: Lone Scherfig
Executive Producer: Tessa Ross
Writer: David Nicholls
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Anne Hathaway plays Emma, a nerdy British woman who’s secretly in love with her fellow college classmate Dexter (Jim Sturgess) but doesn’t get the chance to establish a relationship with him. Over the course of the next 15 years, the movie shows what happens on the particular date of July 15 as they drift in and out of each other’s lives. Much of the time, Dexter is adrift in too much booze and drugs, struggling to make it as a TV host and then struggling to handle fame and its pressures when he does succeed.
Meanwhile, Emma tries to live a relatively quiet life while secretly pining for him. Eventually, she gives up on ever achieving true love with Dexter and settles into cohabitation with an incompetent standup comic she works with in a restaurant.
As Emma and Dexter chart separate courses for their lives. They seem to draw apart, until Dexter tumbles from fame, divorces his wife after she cheats on him and returns to Emma, chastened and willing to be serious in their relationship. They marry, but tragedy strikes one day. What could have been a tragic ending, however, becomes part of a positive transformation for Dexter.
ONE DAY is too episodic to be truly involving. Also, it’s hard to say what the female lead sees in the male lead until he cleans up his act. Even then, it doesn’t show the full impact of her attraction until the very end when a flashback reveals what fully happened in 1988. Also, the filmmakers try to make Miss Hathaway look like a mousy intellectual in the movie’s first half, but they can’t really hide her stunning looks. On the positive side, the movie’s ending deftly shows the positive transformational power of love. There is, however, brief foul language, substance abuse (which is rebuked), implied sexuality, and brief nudity. So, extreme caution is warranted for ONE DAY.
ONE DAY is too episodic to be truly involving. Also, it’s hard to say what the female lead sees in the male lead until he cleans up his act. Even then, the movie doesn’t show the full impact of her attraction until the very end when a flashback reveals what fully happened in 1988. The movie’s ending deftly shows the positive transformational power of love. Until then, however, there’s brief foul language, substance abuse, implied sex, and brief nudity. So, extreme caution is warranted for ONE DAY.