USA – 8 August 2011
UK – 24 August 2011
Canada: PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario)
Canada: 14A (Manitoba)
Canada: G (Quebec)
Switzerland: 12 (Cantons of Vaud & Geneva)
Common Sense Rating: OK for kids 15+
Rotten Tomatoes: 36% (Rotten)
One Day is a recent entry into the time-honored “two good looking people fall in love” genre, except that in this case it takes them a while.
Look, I’m just gonna say this right at the outset, there are so many things wrong with One Day that it pretty much squanders what is actually a reasonably unique concept.
Here’s the setup: On St. Swithin’s Day in 1988, recent British college graduates Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet and instantly have a drunken one night stand. They decide to forego an attempt at an actual romantic relationship and just stay friends. The movie then checks in on Emma and Dexter every July 15th for the next 23 years as their relationship, their careers, and their relationships with others go through ups and downs.
The first problem I have is that, except for the graphic that comes up and says “15th July” and the year, there really isn’t anything that indicates the passage of time and eras. You see an occasional typewriter in the late 80s, and Dexter’s hair has a bit of gray to it towards the end of the movie, but that’s pretty much it.
Of course, I haven’t changed much since 1988 really. I was bald and overweight then too.
Some reviewers have had a problem with Anne Hathaway’s British accent, not being British it seemed OK to me. After a while I forgot about it. If any of my UK fervent readers want to weigh in on that I would love to hear it.
My biggest issue with One Day is that I didn’t really connect with Emma and Dexter as characters. I don’t know if that’s because we only see them one day a year, but the fact is that I never really liked them. I liked Emma a little bit better, probably because she’s played by Anne Hathaway, but Dexter was kind of a jerk. Granted, he grows a little over the years but it’s still pretty hard for me to see how Emma or anybody would fall in love with him.
The Misplaced Boy MST3K Scale:
So, all in all, One Day is pretty meh. Not evil, just meh.
Random Quote Whore Quote
“One Day is a respectful, blameworthy, desorption of a movie! Anne Hathaway is derisible!!!”
A MISPLACED BOY WILL RETURN