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One Day

One Day Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess
Sunday September 18th, 2011

Based on David Nicholls successful novel of the same name One Day follows the ups and downs in the relationship of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) over a 20 year period. The story unfolds in a series of events that occur on one specific day of the year (July 15).

After graduating from Edinburgh University with Dexter, Emma struggles to get a career started and ends up getting a job as a waitress at a Mexican restaurant. At home she shares a flat with a nice but overly friendly standup comic whose lack of talent is obvious to everyone but him. Meanwhile Dexter becomes the successful host of a sleazy TV program. It doesn't bother him at all that his parents and Emma disapprove of his show as tawdry and exploitative. Dexter also becomes a drug-addicted womanizer who at one point visits his cancer-stricken, dying mother (Patricia Clarkson) while under the influence of drugs much to the consternation of his father.

Over time their two lives move in reverse directions as Emma becomes a successful author and teacher while Dexter's fortunes decline. But through it all Emma remains unattached apparently hoping that Dexter would one day realize they belong together.

One Day is directed by Lone Scherfig famous for her direction of 2009's excellent Oscar nominated An Education. Hathaway and Sturgess look their parts but David Nicholls script saddles them with weak, two-dimensional characters in a skimpy, episodic storyline. Given the talent involved in this film it's a real disappointment.