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One Day

  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Lone Scherfig
  • 102 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Romantic comedy drama adapted from the bestselling novel by David Nicholls, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Straitlaced Emma and bad boy Dexter meet on the night of their university graduation. The friends lives take very different paths over the next 20 years, but their relationship endures.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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DexterJim Sturgess
EmmaAnne Hathaway
Alison MayhewPatricia Clarkson
SylvieRomola Garai
IanRafe Spall
TillyJodie Whittaker
StevenKen Stott
Suki MeadowsGeorgia King
TaraAmanda Fairbank-Hynes
Murray CopeMatthew Beard

Crew

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DirectorLone Scherfig

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2011-08-19
Guidance
Some violence, swearing, brief nudity, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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