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One Day

comedy, drama, romance

In this adaptation of David Nicholl's popular novel, Academy Award-nominee Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess play lovers who fall in love on the day they meet in 1988.

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common sense

ON for kids age 15
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
2 out of 5

Book-based drama is too heavy for younger teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie based on the beloved novel by Davis Nicholls is an honest examination of the years-long friendship between two people (played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) who are attracted to each other but unable, at least at first, to recognize their significance to each other. Although it's rated PG-13, the movie deals with mature topics like infidelity, alcoholism, and death. There's quite a bit of sexual content (including brief full nudity), and one of the main characters spends a large part of the movie in a drunken haze. Although the themes may well be relatable for older teens, younger viewers might not appreciate the enormity of the highs and lows of the characters' friendship -- and the realistic depiction of the damage people can inflict even to those they love most. And some teen girls might come away with the idea that if you just wait long enough, the guy you like is sure to come around.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Dex and Em's friendship. Is it believable? Relatable? Are they equals? Is it important for people in a close friendship to have an equal stake in their relationship?
  • What messages does the movie send about love? Do you think love is worth more when you have to work hard to achieve it?
  • How does the movie depict Dex's drinking? Are the consequences of his behavior realistic?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Nicholls has proven a faithful shepherd to his fictional creations, who banter and rant at each other with the practiced elan of the aging couple they're clearly meant to be.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 19, 2011

Rotten: As so often happens with love, what you hope for is not even close to what you get, and in this case we are left with a heartbreaking disappointment of a film.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rotten: Perhaps one day, Hathaway and Sturgess will reunite in a more emotionally satisfying romance.

- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Friday, August 19, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The story of one significant day in the lives of two friends over many years is told in such quick flashes that anything resembling emotional attachment to its characters dissipates with the fog of these lazy transitions. These two numbskulls meet at their college graduation and proceed to remain friends for a significant number of years. Looking at the same day every day for twenty years the film tries to delve into the neurosis of the two and show that they are meant to be together. Neither of these characters is very likable, interesting, or entertaining, because both of them are selfish, both are juvenile in the way they show their emotions, and both never seem to learn from their various mistakes. Emma (Hathaway) ruins her life, falls for the wrong man and settles, and loses any respect for her former friend. In confluence Dexter (Sturgess) sells out, becomes a drug addict, and loses any self-respect. Some things change over the years, but really it's about long term change over a period of time. These drawn out storylines last years and years and don't entertain, mostly because their sorrows revolve around their own morbid senses of self-worth. Over the years they may grow closer together, but there's no buildup to their inevitable relationship. It's one scene, that only shows how shallow and beaten down Emma is to finally fall for Dexter's shtick. The rest of the movie results in a bunch of jumbled, half-thought out ideas that result in a lackluster ending. There's just no heart to this film, no chemistry between the two leads, and no decent ending to tie it together, just false sentimentalities to make up for a film that steers nowhere. Anyone would agree there's really nothing to love in this love story.

- FrizzDrop, Monday, August 5, 2013

3 stars

One Day is a romantic timeline between two friends that always have the odds against their relationship. The film begins a little slow and careless, but the interest and depth pick up with it's unexpected plot twists. Acting from both leads is somewhat average, but the characters will grow on you as their lives unfold and intertwine.

- shawnewing92, Saturday, December 3, 2011

2 stars

The premise for this movie is clever, yet simple. It's the story of two people's relationship from friendship to marriage over 20 years. It tells their story on the exact same day each year, July 15th. Dexter(Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) start out with a potential one night stand, then become best friends, and eventually lovers. But, "One Day", is a very boring cliched movie. I found myself nodding off a few times, and honestly disinterested in either character. I really like Sturgess and Hathaway, but not in this. Their chemistry was lacking, and they just seemed like they were going through the motions and uninterested in anything at all really. I was hoping for something like "A lot Like Love", but got something that was melodramatic, too long, boring, and lifeless. On the flip side to all that, Emily really liked it. So females, take what a male says about this movie with a grain of salt. It's not geared for us, so on that level it hit the mark if the ladies like it. Guys watch something else, ladies grab the tissue and popcorn.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, December 10, 2011