Main Plot Points:
- The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, THE ONE I LOVE is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. THE ONE I LOVE, written by Justin Lader, was produced by Mel Eslyn and executive produced by Mark Duplass who stars opposite Elisabeth Moss.
- On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.
What We Thought:
- The One I Love is a difficult film to review. Not because it’s bad. It’s quite good actually, but the more you talk about the film, the more likely you are to ruin a huge twist in it that trailers don’t even seem to hint at.
- It starts out with the relationship between Moss and Duplass on the rocks. They are at couple’s therapy and Ted Danson tells them to try out a getaway to rekindle their love. They show up at this quaint place in the mountains and you’re thinking it’s a regular romantic comedy or just plain romance flick.
- Then the twist and huh? Did it just become a science fiction movie? Is this The Matrix? Orphan Black? What?
- But the best part is, that twist takes it from just another rom-com to a really good, really well acted film. The entire film is pretty much Moss and Duplass together in multiple ways, but it’s funny and genuine and honest. It kind of makes you think at the same time.
- Plus the ending (which I won’t spoil) is vague enough to keep you thinking. Was it this or that? Did it go in a different direction? None of the questions you have ever get answered, but it’s actually better off that way. It doesn’t even attempt to answer how exactly it happened (it does, but doesn’t) and never sets out any real rules or guidelines so it never shoots itself in its foot.
- The One I Love is worth seeing especially if you like the two leads. If you are tired of regular rom-coms that make you feel dumb for watching, give this a view. If you liked Safety Not Guaranteed, you should like this too. (If you haven’t seen that, you should as well). It’s smart, but you don’t have to pay super attention. It’s funny. It’s realistic and just an easy watch.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Elisabeth Moss
- Mark Duplass
- Ted Danson
Recommended if You Like:
- Safety Not Guaranteed
- The Lake House
- Good Twists!
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