My One and Only Reviews
The film is well cast, with an nice ensemble. Renee Zellweger is ok playing Logan's mother. The film kind of reminded me of a Neil Simon kind of film. The dialog is sharp and well written. The big problem with the movie is the pacing, which is completely off. Had they fixed the pacing up, then the film would have been much better.
However, despite the pacing problem, the film is worth checking out, especially for Logan Lerman's performance.
I don't think it was the most perfect movie. Sometimes it seemed a little cheesy, but overall it was good. And what a wonderful cast to boot. I would recommend giving this a try.
Things I liked about it:
The actors- They were very believable and impressive.
The lesson- It shows how important it is for family to stick together. Although, it is NOT a family movie.
Things I didn't like:
The scattered and out-there plot- Some times the plot would move to places and I would say, "What? Where did that come from?" And I would get totally confused. And other times, the plot would move too slow and I would get bored.
But overall, it wasn't a terrible movie. But nothing that will live on forever.
As the movie opens, young George's mother, Ann (Renee Zellweger), finally has enough of her philandering, bandleader husband (Kevin Bacon), and so packs up George and his half-brother Robbie (Mark Rendall), assuring them that their new life on the road will be "an adventure." Ann rashly purchases an expensive, 1953 Cadillac Eldorado. This acquisition is just the first of many unwise decisions Ann will make as she dallies, disastrously, with a series of potential new husbands across the country.
Ann might be delusional, but she is also tenacious. Just as Blanche DuBois "always depended on the kindness of strangers," kindred spirit Ann has her own aphorism: "Everything works out for the best." Well, maybe not always. I have never been a big fan of Zellweger's acting. I did like her in "Jerry Maguire," but that was a long time ago. But Zellweger doesn't simply carry "My One and Only," she turns in an unforgettable performance. What can I say? I am now a Renee Zellweger fan.
"My One and Only" is a "road-trip" movie that shines because there are so many genuine, small moments that aren't essential to the plot, but that nonetheless stand out. Every character this gypsy-like family encounters on the road is flawed, but also likable. When Ann, George and Robbie depart Pittsburgh to continue their journey, thereby cutting short a tenuous romance between George and a freckle-faced sweetheart named Paula, the camera lingers on the girl, who is sad to see them go. So was I.
I really liked the cast and was very entertained. One of 2009's better films.