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One Day

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

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
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
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1 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

3 stars

While there's certainly innovation here and I generally enjoy romantic films (and I certainly enjoyed this one), I have to admit that there's something lacking in the way it ended. The actors did as best they could with the material but maybe it's just that mushy-cushy feeling and predictability you always get with these films that sometimes just doesn't cut it for me.

- Raajay, Saturday, July 7, 2012

3 stars

Well i can't say i had high hopes for this movie, mainly because of the poor ratings and reviews, i haven't read the book so lucky for me i didnt have anything to compare it to! But apart from it being a bit bleak and me disliking Dexter Mayhew as a character its an okay Romantic drama with Hathaway even bringing some light comedy to it! For the faults of the movie, where it may have been directed better and more emotion put into the movie as there was potential for it to be tragic, cryfest romantic drama but it failed to capture that emotion and pass it across to the audience, that all said i think Hathaway should get plus points for her acting, she was funny, and gorgeous as ever and did a remarkably believable and good english accent that so many other american actors fail to accomplish! It is my type of Romantic movie because its not all lovey dovey with the two main characters hopelessly in love and nothing bad happens and they live happily ever after, which is just unrealistic this movie is more honest and although i didnt think Mayhew deserved Emma its still a sweet enough romantic drama not the best but certainly not the worst i would say its worth a watch even if it is only the once!

- FiLmCrAzY, Monday, June 11, 2012

3 stars

Directed by Lone Scherfig, Color Force, 2011. Starring Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Rafe Spall and Patricia Clarkson. Genre: Drama, Romance. Question: Remember the date when you met the love of your life? Some romantic relationships start right away but there are those that have to ferment before they come to fruition. However, what happens when you become friends with them and they don't realize you're their soul-mate yet? Well, there is real-life and then there is the movie version. Hollywood loves stories like this, don't they? Okay, I watched One Day today and it shot me right back to my youth and this one particular guy in my life that I remained friends with... And that's all I will say about that. You all probably have that one person in your life that you were willing to sacrifice your passion for because the other doesn't quite see you that way... yet (hopefully). Well, that's One Day in a nutshell. Two university grads, Emma and Dex, in Edinburgh meet on graduation day - a specific day to be exact and strike up a relationship that could have ended that day. However, fate steps in and veers the two in a direction of a great friendship even though there are feelings there. Over the course of the movie you see both living their lives, post graduation, finding their way (separately) but still in contact. It's called One Day because we see them connect via phone or in person on the same day of the year that they met. And that's it - no more details of the story because this one took a path that I wasn't expecting and want you to discover it on your own. Let's talk about the actors. I am a fan of Anne Hathaway. I have to be; I have a daughter and Hathaway's early movies (The Princess Diaries 1 & 2 and Ella Enchanted) were played a lot over the past few years. Anyway, I enjoy watching Anne Hathaway (Emma) act and she was really good in One Day. She personified the typical female who is in love with her best friend, lost in her path of being an adult because she holds no confidence in herself all while struggling to understand the inevitable - that the guy will probably never realize she's the one. She particularly showed the angst of her unrequited love of Dex (played by Jim Sturgess) convincingly well. However, she was supposed to have a British accent that went in and out but that really didn't bother me all that much. Although unfamiliar with any of his previous work, Jim Sturgess, Dex, did a good job at performing opposite of Anne Hathaway. Dex personified the bad boy character that is spoiled and thinks he deserves to have his cake and eat it too, no matter who gets hurt in the process. Sure, many leading romantic male leads share this persona but usually they have redeeming qualities revealed along the way to evoke some sort of sympathy. Except for his friendship with Emma, (and sometimes he didn't quite deserve it), I didn't see many likable qualities, however, that may have been the point. You will see. Does this Hollywood story have a happy ending? Well, you know I am NOT going to tell you. I will say that I giggled a few times, cried a bit (okay, maybe one scene got me to cry a bit more) and I am still pondering the ending. One detail that I should mention: It's called One Day because the movie only reveals one day, the same date, each year. Yes, I mentioned this before but it was a little awkward at first because many things happen on other days of the year that you would expect to see in the film but are only mentioned or discussed later. It took some getting used now you know. My favorite thing: That somethings only happen in the movies. My least favorite thing: That somethings only happen in the movies. Rating: PG-13 Length: 107 minutes Review: 6 out of 10

- katykern8261, Tuesday, May 22, 2012