ONE DAY is a beautifully photographed but uneven romance set in England about a 15-year friendship and relationship that begins on college graduation day on July 15, 1988.
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.
(Ro, C, L, V, S, NN, AA, DD, M) Light romantic worldview with some positive redemptive elements of transformational love; four obscenities (one “f” word) and four light profanities; shocking accident in which a truck hits a person on a bike and kills them instantly; no depicted sex but interrupted attempted fornication, implied promiscuity, woman lives with one man, implied adultery by wife of heroine’s long-time friend; brief upper female nudity and rear and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and implied cocaine use as man has substance abuse problem; and, lying and deception as the male lead lies to the female lead about women he’s involved with, man argues with his father and shows disrespect to his mother in a couple of scenes before he ultimately becomes a better person.
ONE DAY is a beautifully photographed but uneven romantic drama set in England. It portrays the 20-year friendship and romance between two people, Emma and Dexter. All the scenes take place on July 15, beginning in 1988. Emma has a crush on Dexter, but everything seems to conspire against her. Their friendship suffers when Dexter becomes a TV personality and turns to drink and drugs. Dexter cleans himself up, but marries a woman who cheats on him, despite having a daughter with him. Eventually, Emma and Dexter reunite and get married, but tragedy strikes one day and the question becomes, Can Dexter recover?
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.