Reviewed by: Joseph Yates
|Featuring:||Anne Hathaway … Emma Morley
Jim Sturgess … Dexter Mayhew
Patricia Clarkson … Alison Mayhew
|Director:||Lone Scherfig—“An Education,” “Italian for Beginners”|
Random House Films
“Twenty years. Two people…”
“One Day,” a story of an on-again off-again romance, comes to us with a tale of a guy and a girl who become best friends and romantic companions. The film is set in the United Kingdom starting in the 1980s and running all the way through 2011. The film’s title comes into play when we realize that every day shown on screen is a July 15th.
Dexter (played by Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) meet the night of their highschool graduation. Inebriated, they sleep together that night. Thus, they are forever friends throughout their life…
Foul language is not very often heard, with 1 f-word, several “b-st-rds,” several uses of the British vulgarity “bloody,” and a couple other mild profanities. Sexual content, although not graphic, runs throughout the movie. We know several characters have had sex, we hear mention of one character attending orgies, hear mention of group sex, and see a character about to have an affair.
“One Day” takes two very different people, both extremely ambitious, and shows the progression of their lives. They remain best friends through life, even though each has their own boyfriend/girlfriend. For his part, Dexter becomes very narcissistic, serving only his own pleasures. He is constantly drunk, for a great while, even showing up to visit his ailing mother while drunk. He takes on a very playboy-esque attitude. The love of Emma, however, constantly draws him back to being clean, sober and kind. Eventually, this changes him.
As Christians and humans, in general, we are drawn to stories of redemption because of the greatest redemption narrative: that of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Apostle Paul said that “In him we have redemption through his blood” (Ephesians 1:7). Despite this redemption narrative, “One Day” barely misses the mark of goodness. Almost. Almost only counts in horseshoes and handgrendades, right?
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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