This is actually a cautionary tale about being friends with a man.
Release date: August 19, 2011
Director: Lone Scherfig
Who should watch this movie: People who still think about their crush from the 6th grade. Folks who have a hard time letting go.
When should you watch this movie: When it occurs to you that you should probably make some friends who aren’t dudes. After a long day of pondering the unstoppable, inevitable, march of time.
The sell: One Day presses the fast-forward button on a lifetime, showing us a relationship as it unfolds for one day each year. Despite the accelerated timeline, this story never feels rushed. In fact, quite the opposite. This film seems to float carefully forward, taking time for the little things, noting subtle details of emotional change and growth. Main characters, Emma and Dexter (played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess respectively), dance around each other for years, sometimes in the periphery and sometimes at the dead center of intimacy. The strength of this depiction is the way in which their evolving personalities shape their relationship, rather than the more commonly seen reverse. A beautifully shot and performed character study, One Day walks the line between romance and realism without tipping too far to one side. While I endorse this film as an enjoyable piece of media, I am under legal obligation to state that I do NOT endorse waiting around for your crush to finally grow up and come to their senses. It is not going to happen. Move on.