One Day

One Day

Lone Scherfig (2011)

12A Certificate


Our Score
One Day spans two decades in the life of friends Emma and Dexter, played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and muses on the possibility of something more than friendship existing between them. David Nicholls adapts the script from his bestselling novel, but he finds less time for the nostalgia and modern angst that gave the book its epic sweep. Instead, this works as an impressionistic romance yarn, with director Lone Scherfig (An Education) breezily grabbing moments between university graduation in 1988 and one fateful day in 2011 to stir up the frustration of missed opportunities. Hathaway and Sturgess make great company, with plenty of witty banter to counter the brooding. Sturgess does especially well to remain sympathetic even as Dexter wilfully plays the bad boy. His evolution into someone deserving of Emma - all sweetness and light - is what finally lends the film some weight, though it doesn't hit as hard as Nicholls's original telling.


A principled working-class woman and a selfish wealthy man meet the day they graduate from university, beginning a friendship that becomes a pivotal part of their lives. The changes they go through over the next 20 years are shown through the anniversaries of the day they first met. Romantic drama based on David Nicholls' book, with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Cast & Crew

Dexter Jim Sturgess
Emma Anne Hathaway
Alison Mayhew Patricia Clarkson
Sylvie Romola Garai
Ian Rafe Spall
Tilly Jodie Whittaker
Steven Ken Stott
Suki Meadows Georgia King
Tara Amanda Fairbank-Hynes
Murray Cope Matthew Beard
Director Lone Scherfig
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Some violence, swearing, brief nudity, drug abuse. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Aug 2011