1 hour, 47 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse.
Added DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Em an Dez, through the years; Anne Hathaway: bringing Emma to life; The look of One Day; Feature commentary with director Lone Scherfig.
Anne Hathaway ...
Jim Sturgess ...
Tom Mison ...
Jodie Whittaker ...
Rafe Spall ...
Patricia Clarkson ...
Joséphine de La Baume ...
Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew
Sturgess) are seen on one single day, July 15, over the course of 20
years. The idea sets up some interesting moments. Some years the two do
not see each other at all. Some years they fight and the conclusion
doesn't happen until the next day, which we never get to see.
It's true that Em and Dex are in love, but their timing is all
wrong. Dex is too much of a playboy to settle down in his younger days. When
he gets a job hosting a pop music TV show he quickly becomes addicted to the
high life. Then he winds up married, due to an unexpected pregnancy.
Meanwhile, Em is trying to make a go as a writer but winds up mostly
working as a waitress, eventually earning the attention of a persistent wannabe comedian, Ian (Rafe Spall). Finally, a graying and burned-out
Dex realizes that he wants Em, but it may be too late.
The major fault with One Day, based on the novel by David Nicholls and directed by Lone Sherfig ("An Education"), is the awkward foreshadowing of its first few
minutes, and then, when the movie catches up to that same point in
time, the dreadful ponderousness of the lessons learned. It seems as if such a simple and small premise should yield a
simple and small movie, something not so heavy and epic, something more
lovely and amazing; the problem is - it just doesn't.