No romantic comedy that centers on a lengthy friendship between the sexes can escape that most obvious of comparisons—When Harry Met Sally, the reigning champion of the genre. The broad strokes of the classic and its successors is simple, and familiar: Boy and girl meet, probably right around a big milestone, like graduation; boy likes girl, or girl likes boy, or they like each other, and they probably kiss, but for whatever reason they don't become romantically involved; boy and girl bump into each other for years, forming a friendship of some kind, usually fondly combative; eventually, boy and girl recognize their feelings for one another and get together. Everyone's happy. And the world spins blithely on.

One Day is that story, but the lines are smudged a little. To begin with, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) have met before that fateful night, a booze-soaked evening after graduating from university, but Dexter, handsome and privileged, doesn't remember. Emma does: she's working-class girl from north London, bookish, a bit nerdy, who aspires to be a writer and has nursed a quiet crush on Dexter all these years. She, of course, reminds Dexter of the night he crashed her birthday party and vomited all over her.

But, bygones: they spend a night and a day together—July 15, 1988—and for the next twenty years, we revisit their relationship on that same day. In twenty July 15ths, we watch Dexter and Emma's relationship growing, changing, and deepening into a true loving friendship, the kind that manages to hang on through various significant others and screw-ups and career changes, and even when someone is acting like a jerk. We laugh with them, and we feel pain with them as they pass out of starry-eyed ...

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One Day
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3 Stars - Good
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse)
Genre
Directed By
Lone Scherfig
Run Time
2 minutes
Cast
Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson
Theatre Release
August 19, 2011 by Focus Features
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