My One and Only

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A breezy road movie with characters both glamorous and familiar, My One and Only is a colorful period look at the early life of actor George Hamilton.

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Inspired by the childhood experiences of actor George Hamilton, director Richard Loncraine's bittersweet period comedy tells the tale of one mother's attempt to find a new father for her two young boys after catching her husband with another woman. Beautiful but mercurial, Ann Devereaux (Renée Zellweger) has always gotten by on her own charms. Her husband, Dan (Kevin Bacon), is a successful bandleader, but when Ann becomes a witness to his infidelity, she packs their two sons, George (Logan Lerman) and Robbie (Mark Rendall), into her baby-blue Cadillac Coupe de Ville convertible and never looks back. The year is 1953, and Ann is convinced that her girlish charms are still as irresistible as ever. At first their trip is something of an adventure for everyone involved, but the harder Ann searches for a suitable mate the more she realizes that true gentlemen are a dying breed. As time wears on, flamboyant fledgling actor Robbie and cynical aspiring writer George begin to tire of changing schools, their increasingly humble lodgings, and their mother's romantic misadventures. It's a life of instability and unpredictability punctuated by moments of sheer panic, and as Ann forms a different future for her family than either of her sons could have ever imagined, observant George learns to look past her narcissistic exterior and appreciate the determination, dignity, and love that lies just beneath the surface. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Renée Zellweger
as Ann Devereaux
Kevin Bacon
as Dan Devereaux
Steven Weber
as Wallace
Chris Noth
as Dr. Harlan Williams
David Koechner
as Bill Massey
Jennifer Christopher
as Candy/Mary Beth
Matthew Bowerman
as Drama Teacher
Dan John Miller
as Car Salesman #1
Joe Tunney
as Car Salesman #2
Thomas "Toby" Hessenauer
as Henry the Doorman
Holly Palmer
as Tanya (Blond Singer)
Jerry Whiddon
as NYC School Principal
David DeBoy
as Sales Manager
Kyle Prue
as Boston Waiter
Aidan Hughes
as Boston Maitre D'
Russ Widdall
as Oliver Pierson
David Press
as Pawnbroker
Eddie Matz
as West Penn Doorman
Clay Steakley
as Stage Manager
Steven Gonzalez
as Police Officer
Tara Garwood
as Diner Woman
Michael Gell
as Diner Child
Robert F. Brown
as Diner Man
Indra Ove
as Diner Waitress
Lauren Klein
as Mrs. Donahue
Chris Kies
as Painter Ted
Maury Ginsberg
as Mr. Dillon
Laurien Clay
as Oedipus Chorus Girl
Michael Traeger
as St. Louis Principal
Susan Rome
as Marla Massey
Mike Gable
as Mr. Pelker
John B. Crye
as Assistant Director
Paul Nolan
as Marty Kamen
R. Scott Williams
as Radford Teacher #2
Lindsay Rini
as Teen Girl
Vivienne Shub
as Woman With Dog
Karen Carbone
as Band Woman #1
Geoff Rock
as Bellboy
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Critic Reviews for My One and Only

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (23)

  • Part road trip, part coming-of-age story, the film ultimately reveals itself as a Hollywood memoir, but it saves any stardust for its last moments.

    Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • If you have any curiosity at all about how a fellow like George Hamilton became a fellow like George Hamilton, My One and Only answers the question by looking, fondly, at his primary caregiver.

    Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A grand, colorful coming-of-age story with a candy box color palette and a standout performance by Renée Zellweger. It's a great story and a great crowd-pleaser.

    Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • This isn't exactly untraveled territory, but director Richard Loncraine makes this potentially familiar story fresh...

    Sep 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's refreshing, and let's hope it's [Zellweger's] passport out of rom-com purgatory and into mature roles. Sadly, it is a better career move than it is a movie.

    Sep 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/4
  • My One and Only isn't exactly memorable, but this little, personable movie is a fine showcase for Zellweger's talents and a paean to the sort of mid-1950s America best remembered in Norman Rockwell paintings.

    Sep 3, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for My One and Only

  • Nov 30, 2010
    Agreeable comedy follows a mother as she attempts to find a new father for her two young sons after catching her husband with another woman. Actor George Hamilton's real life reminiscences on The Merv Griffin Show form the basis of this road movie about his childhood. Renée Zellweger plays the self absorbed woman who unrealistically thinks she can simply get by on charm alone. She is the matriarch of this rather eccentric family of three and their slight adventures form the bulk of this occasionally entertaining film. Despite her capriciousness, she remains a likable character and the best reason to see the film. Period detail of the 1950s is painstakingly recreated.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2010
    Anne Deverauxer (Renee Zelweger) is a glamorous southern belle and mother of two teenage boys who walks in on her philandering husband Dan Devereaux, musician and band director (Kevin Bacon) in bed with another woman. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=3133nzo" target="_blank"><img src="http://i55.tinypic.com/3133nzo.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> Fed up, she packs her bags, cleans out the couple's safety deposit box and walks out taking the boys with her. One of her sons is the 15 year old Logan Lerman as George Devereaux aka George Hamilton, whom she instructs to buy a car. He is the narrator of the story. When he shows up at a Cadillac dealership with a wad of money to buy a car, the salesmen are flabbergasted, but it all makes sense when his mother shows up and purchases a 1953 blue Cadillac Eldorado convertible as they need a new car to leave town. She embarks on an adventurous road-trip hoping to find a man who would take care of them. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=wbujkk" target="_blank"><img src="http://i52.tinypic.com/wbujkk.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> The further away they go from NY, the more the mother learns about her family and herself. Her determination to search for a new life is inspiring as she is humiliated, arrested, and dumped a bunch of times but always manages to keep her chin up. In the end she learns the most valuable lesson, that the best person to take care of you is yourself. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=107tbao" target="_blank"><img src="http://i53.tinypic.com/107tbao.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2010
    Logan Lerman's performance is the best reason to watch this film. He steals the movie. Logan happens to be a fast rising star in Hollywood with impressive performances in 3:10 to Yuma and Percy Jackson. He reminds me of a young Tobey Maguire. He should have gotten the Spider Man role in the Spider Man reboot. In this film, Logan really shines. 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.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2010
    I thought it was very cute and funny. The story was enjoyable, the acting was great. I enjoyed myself. I was expecting that Renee's character Ann would end up with her husband again even though I was really rooting for Nick Stahl's character Bud. I have to say I was actually surprised by the way it turned out. 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.
    m h Super Reviewer

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