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MY ONE AND ONLY, based on the life experiences of Hollywood icon George Hamilton, is a fairly entertaining road movie about a mother, Ann, who leaves her philandering husband and takes her two sons with her on a road trip across the United States with hopes of finding a new husband to take care of them. Meeting many possible suitors – some kind, some broke, some violent, and some aggressive – it soon becomes clear to Ann that courting isn’t what it used to be. Along the journey, Ann is forced to get to know her sons and discovers that all they need is each other.
As a low-budget film, the production elements in MY ONE AND ONLY are nothing spectacular. Renee Zellweger and Logan Lerman excellently portray their characters, especially considering that they are forced to carry the movie to its finish due to mediocre writing and directing. Although the movie contains some positive family and moral elements along with some anti-Communist content, caution is advised for homosexual content, some foul language, a strong humanist worldview, implied adultery, negative parental role models, and characters don’t turn to God in times of need.
(HH, B, Ro, Ab, C, AC, Ho, LLL, V, S, N, AA, D, MM) Strong humanist worldview in that characters rely heavily on themselves, instead of God, for their means of survival, plus some mixed worldview elements including some moral elements with positive references to marriage and somewhat dysfunctional family members sticking by one another through conflict, mother has Romantic notions of finding a husband to take care of her and her sons, some anti-Christian and Christian content where one “Christian” character is painted unfavorably by the filmmakers but it is revealed she is actually suffering from deep sadness over not being able to have children, some anti-Communist elements where Communism is called the enemy of the free world, and some homosexual material where it is implied that one character is homosexual because of his effeminate tendencies and his family supports him as such and other characters also make comments implying this; 30 obscenities and 10 profanities; light violence includes angry man tries to attack woman by chasing after her and ends up slipping on necklace beads and falling to the ground, boy tries to keep man from attacking his mother by jumping on his back, but he is thrown into a table and breaks it, woman slaps her son; sexual content includes implied adultery, boy kisses girl on cheek, girl shows boy her breasts but audience doesn’t see anything, it is implied that one effeminate character is homosexual, and a couple of other sexual references; upper male nudity as man walks around in his boxers and girl shows boy her breasts but audience doesn’t see anything; alcohol use includes two characters get drunk and characters casually drink wine/beer; smoking depicted throughout since movie is set in 1950s; and, woman leaves husband to try to find a new husband to take care of her and her sons, man and wife are negative parental role models and don’t even know their own sons though this eventually changes for the wife, and actions are completely devoid of God and characters don’t turn to God in troubled times.
MY ONE AND ONLY, based on the life experiences of Hollywood icon George Hamilton, is a fairly entertaining road movie about a mother who leaves her unfaithful husband and takes her two sons with her to try to find a new husband to take care of them. Although the movie has some positive moral elements along with some anti-Communist content, it is ultimately marred by foul language, a strong humanist worldview, and sexual material.
The story begins with beautiful Ann Devereaux (played by Renee Zellweger) deciding to leave her philandering husband, Dan, a society bandleader, in search of a better man to fill that role and the role of father to her two sons. Along for the ride are her sons, George (Logan Lerman), a cynical, aspiring writer, and Robbie, a flamboyant, effeminate boy who believes he is meant to become an actor.
Starting in New York, the three travelers make their way across the continent in their search. Meeting many possible suitors – some kind, some broke, some violent, and some aggressive – it soon becomes clear to Ann that courting isn’t what it used to be. Along the journey, Ann is forced to get to know her sons (each from a different marriage), having never taken the time to do so before this. George, longing to return home to his father and greatly opposed to his mother’s course of action, eventually discovers the importance of family, even families with faults. He also comes to understand his mother’s determination and love she truly has for him and his brother, even though she might not know how to show it.
Their travels finally take them to California, where the future that waits is hardly what any of them could have imagined.
MY ONE AND ONLY contains many positive elements such as the redemption of Ann as a mother to her sons and the strong determination and commitment she feels to taking care of her family. Also, there are some positive affirmations of marriage in that Ann refuses the aggressive advances of a suitor because she is not married to him, along with some anti-Communist elements where Communism is called the “enemy of the free world.”
As a low-budget film, the production elements are nothing spectacular, and yet they seem to fit with the movie’s overall theme and characters. Renee Zellweger and Logan Lerman excellently portray their characters. They make them easily relatable and show the appropriate depth of emotion that one would expect between a mother and her son. The slow, somewhat plodding pace of the movie, which is perhaps due in part to the mediocre writing and directing, forces these two actors to carry the movie to its finish.
That said, MY ONE AND ONLY contains many elements requiring caution such as the homosexual worldview where it is implied that Ann’s son Robbie is such, but no rebuke is made on the subject. The movie also contains much foul language, implied adultery, a strong humanist worldview, negative parental role models, and the characters don’t turn to God in their time of need.
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