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My One and Only (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 110 minutes.
OK for children.
The worst part of this is sitting for 110 minutes
watching Renée Zellweger with that “I just sucked a lemon” look on her
face. How talented can she be if she can’t work on her facial
expression? If she does, in fact, have talent, she should be able to do
something about that.
But her pursed lips aside, this is an interesting
story about a lousy mother, Ann Devereaux (Zellweger), who basically
kidnaps her two children, 15-year-old George (Logan Lerman) and his
older brother, Robbie (Mark Rendall), from their bandleader father, Dan
(Kevin Bacon), and whips them across the county looking for a new
husband. She’s certainly not an admirable character.
The story is told by George, whose favorite book is
J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye.”
The older son is openly gay and wants to be an actor. The younger son
doesn’t know what he wants to be but eventually is encouraged by a
teacher to become a writer.
This film is based on a story that George Hamilton
told Merv Griffin about a trip his mother and brothers took in 1955.
That story ended in Mexico City.
tried to get it produced for years. Now it finally comes to the screen,
adapted to show how he came to Hollywood
and became a movie star. Richard Loncraine has turned it into an
evocative, episodic “Route 66” tale of the 1950s. They travel to several
different locations and interact with various characters before they
arrive in Hollywood. The way
Ann dresses and the cars and the locations realistically recreate the
looked more than a half century ago.
Overcoming Zellweger’s facial expression (which is
really pervasive) is the acting of Lerman, Bacon, and Rendall. Bacon,
especially captures the character of a band leader whose life is on the
road, not at home with his wife and children.
This is probably a little long at 110 minutes, but
it’s still entertaining.