|Directed by:||Richard Loncraine|
|Written by:||Charlie Peters|
|Starring:||Renee Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Kevin Bacon, Mark Rendall, Nick Stahl, David Koechner, Eric McCormack, Chris Noth|
|Released:||March 11, 2010|
My One And Only is a road-trip movie set in the 1950s. Anne Deveraux (Zellweger) is a happily married mother of two who has never worked a day in her life. Everything is about to change. She comes back from a holiday a day early and finds her husband (Bacon) in bed with another woman.
Anne subscribes to the motto that “you don’t get angry, you get even.” She goes down to the bank and withdraws all the cash from their safety deposit box. She then picks up the kids from school, buys an expensive Cadillac and packs up all their belongings. Anne’s leaving New York City behind and is ready to start a new life.
All she needs now… is a new husband. This isn’t for the reasons that you might expect – love, romance, companionship. Anne just needs someone to keep paying for her well-to-do lifestyle. Her misguided intentions will take her to Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Hollywood. There are plenty of rich suitors on her “hit list” but things never seem to work out. No surprise there.
Caught in the middle are her two sons – George (Lerman) and Robbie (Rendall). They don’t subscribe to their mother’s feelings that everything will somehow work out. Robbie wants to become a theatrical star. George wants to become a writer. Being dragged from school to school is giving them little hope of realising those dreams.
This isn’t groundbreaking stuff but My One And Only is a nice film with interesting characters. It’s actually the youngest son, George, who displays most of the maturity and level-headedness. Everyone around him is just a little quirky. Logan Lerman (recently seen in the Percy Jackson movie) gives a skilfully subdued performance as George. Renee Zellweger is great too. I often think she’s too over-the-top but her personality suits this role perfectly.
There are few lulls in the story but I liked the way it ended. I thought it was a purely fictional tale but perhaps not so. You’ll see what I mean if you check it out. I guess it proves once again that truth really is stranger than fiction.