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My One and Only

MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for sexual content and language.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger

Moral Rating: Offensive
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Primary Audience: Adults Teens
Genre: Biography Comedy Drama
Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Year of Release: 2009
USA Release: August 21, 2009 (limited—NYC, Los Angeles)
September 4, 2009 (expanded—77 theaters)
September 11, 2009 (expanded—116 theaters)
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Featuring Renée Zellweger (Renee Zellweger), Kevin Bacon, Logan Lerman, Troy Garity, David Koechner, J.C. MacKenzie, Eric McCormack, Chris Noth, Molly C. Quinn, Mark Rendall, Nick Stahl, Phoebe Strole, Steven Weber, Robin Weigert, Dan John Miller, Joe Tunney, Thomas C. Hessenauer, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, Holly Palmer, Rachel Specter, Jerry Whiddon, John Badila, David DeBoy, Kyle Prue, Aidan Hughes, Rosemary Knower, Matthew Bowerman, Russ Widdall, David Press, Veronica Taylor, Michael Mack, Ed Matz, Jon Jolles, Cleo Reginald Pizana, Clay Steakley, Anthony Addabbo, Steve Gonzalez, Tara Garwood, Michael Gell, Bobby J. Brown, Indra Ové, Lauren Klein, Stephen Schmidt, Chris Kies, Maury Ginsberg, Laurien Clay, Michael Traeger, Susan Rome, Mark Brutsche, Michael Gable, John B. Crye, Paul L. Nolan, Rachel Weber, R. Scott Williams, Tony Abatemarco, Jennifer Christopher, Lyndsay Rini, William Lawrence Allen, Sandy Racher, Vivienne Shub, Karen Carbone, Geoff Rock, Kirk Curran, Christopher Phillips
Director Richard Loncraine
“Firewall,” “Wimbledon”
Producer Herrick Entertainment, George Hamilton Productions, Merv Griffin Entertainment, Raygun Productions, Runaway Home Productions, George Hamilton, Carolyn Harris, Elayne Herrick, Michael Herrick, Norton Herrick, Robert Kosberg, Rob Pritchard, Vicki Dee Rock, Aaron Ryder, Beatrice Springborn, Ron Ward
Distributor Freestyle Releasing

Based loosely on actor George Hamilton’s childhood, “My One and Only” shouldn’t be viewed solely because of its biographical content. At best, it only contains a limited amount of truthfulness, and should be viewed as a film that’s touching all on its own. With an excellent cast, the audience is taken on one woman’s road trip in search of a husband which eventually turns into a time of growth for her and her two sons.

Fed up with her womanizing husband, Anne Deveraux decides to leave him once and for all. Buying a brand-new blue Cadillac, Anne packs up her things, takes her two teen boys out of school, and hits the road. Leaving New York City, she goes on a cross country trip in search of a new, better husband. Along the way, however, she learns more about herself and her son George.

It’s rare that a film with such a simple plot can become an engaging piece of work. “My One and Only” is brilliantly carried by Renée Zellweger and Logan Lerman. With each stop, her hope of finding a husband and a better father for her children is crumbled when some unfortunate circumstance intervenes, requiring them to move yet again. Understandably, this builds some resentment from George toward his mother, since he simply wants to go back home to New York City and live with his dad.

Since the main focus of the film is between Anne and her son George, some of the other characters are less developed but still play a significant. Anne is a strong woman who loves her children. While there were instances where she could have lowered her morals to get ahead, she never did. She also rarely trash talked her sons’ fathers and told them the truth even when it would hurt.

Offensive Content

The cursing’s rather heavy for a PG-13 movie; there’s one use of the “f” word, 4 GDs and 13 other expletives. The younger brother, Robbie, is given almost every homosexual stereotype and, at times, tries on jewelry.

There’s some sexual content. A girl and George have a discussion about breasts, and she asks him if he could see hers and judge their appearance, since an older man offered her $2 to see them. Only her upper chest is shown, and on a positive note, George tells her that she shouldn’t show them to anyone, since she’s better than that. Kevin Bacon walks around in his boxers, and there is a woman in his bed when he’s caught cheating. Ann is arrested for soliciting an undercover detective, although, in my opinion, she was just flirting and nothing more.

Anne Deveraux did display a certain degree of selfishness when she uprooted her two sons from the life they knew. Through the different stops, George became angry with his mother’s and with the uncertainty of their future. Seeing their money dwindle and his mother’s failed relationships grow in number, George understandably grew frustrated with his ever-changing future and lack of stability.

There are several verses where God calls himself a guide to our lives. In order for Him to guide, we must first surrender all our plans to Him and completely trust His guidance. In Proverbs 3:5-6, King Solomon wrote:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

At times, George was disrespectful toward his mother, and he felt a heavy indecision on where he wanted to stay. Any normal child craves stability; George kept changing his mind on where he wanted to call home. Despite all his different decisions, Anne kept loving her son and welcoming him back.

An almost direct correlation can be made about the almighty God. Once accepting Christ, we might wander from time to time and grow sad when temporarily forgetting that the only true rest and comfort in this brief life is within Christ’s love. In Matthew 11:28,

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I was surprised to find that this movie is playing in such a low number of theatres, since it’s such a strong film with believable characters. While his mother was never perfect, she never abandoned her children and wanted them to go for their dreams. Even in tough times, she never degraded herself or compromised her morals. At the end, everything worked out for the better when, through their trip, George was able to become an actor. God often allows us to go through difficult times to develop strength and perseverance. With the above reservations, I do recommend the film.

Violence: Mild / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild

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Negative—I only watched the first 15 to 20 minutes of this movie, and it was obvious that it should have been rated R or worse in the 15-20 mins. I saw there was a married man running around in boxers with a girl (yes, girl, she was barely 21, I’d say). At least 4 gds, if not 6, a mild cuss word in almost every sentance, and a man yelling at a woman all up in her face trying to rip a necklace from her neck. This is where 2 to 3 of the gds are and, also, where I stopped the movie. By the way this movie takes place in the 50’s
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
Jessica Cagle, age 19 (USA)
Movie Critics
…Chirpy period pic… Helmer Richard Loncraine’s latest should appeal not only to an older femme demographic but also to anyone who relishes queeny dialogue. …
…a good-natured screwball road film… for all its charm, this lighthearted travelogue is less an inquiry into the soul of America than an affectionate period piece set in economically leaner times, decades before communications technology revolutionized the concept of personal space. The movie conveys an older notion of the country as a land of open roads where you can thumb a ride: a place where you can still get romantically lost and found.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
…an appealing comedy… This is essentially Renée Zellweger’s picture, and she glows in it. … [3.5/4]
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…this is not a Hollywood biopic. It’s more of a screwball comedy/poignant coming-of-age story, set in 1953. …quick-witted dialogue… visually appealing. …a pleasantly diverting road movie.
Claudia Puig, USA Today
…“My One and Only” is a delight… It’s a great story and a great crowd-pleaser. … [3.5/4]
Mick LaSalle, Houston Chronicle
…Manic mama uproots her sons for an aimless road trip. Are we there yet?…
Alexis L. Loinaz, Chicago Tribune, Metromix