Trailer Talk: ‘One Day’ with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess

One Day, the Movie

Sigh … I wish Anne Hathaway would go back to doing fun comedies … You know, like ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘Get Smart.’ I understand why she mixes in movies like ‘Rachel Getting Married’ and ‘Love and Other Drugs,’ but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I don’t like Dark Anne. I like Light Anne.

One Day‘ looks like it leans towards Dark Anne. It’s adapted from the novel by David Nicholls, and here’s the movie synopsis that Focus Features sent out:

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15, 1988. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground.

For the next two decades, every July 15 reveals to us how “Em” and “Dex” are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Through love and loss, heartbreak and success, hopes fulfilled and dreams shattered, they experience the grandeur of life. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along.

One Day, the MovieI feel like there should be a “blah blah blah” at the end of that. And I also feel kind of tired just reading it, so I’m not sure how I’ll fare sitting through the movie. And really, after reading the synopsis, I don’t even have to see the movie to know how it turns out.

But the movie has some things going for it. For one thing, it’s directed by Lone Scherfig, who helmed the Oscar-nominated film ‘[amazon_link id=”B002ONC9NM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]An Education[/amazon_link].’ It also stars Patricia Clarkson,which immediately makes me want to see it. Big fan.

And I do like Jim Sturgess, who has a diverse collection of films to his credit, including ‘[amazon_link id=”B004APVI1G” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole[/amazon_link],’ ’21,’ and ‘[amazon_link id=”B000ZLFALS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Across the Universe[/amazon_link].’

On the plus side, Hathaway has ‘Get Smart 2’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ coming out. Can’t wait to see her as Catwoman.

‘One Day’ hits theaters on Aug. 19, 2011; official site; follow on Facebook; rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse.


  1. sarah henry Avatar

    Can’t wait to read your actual review, Jane. You cracked me up here, though I kinda like Dark Anne myself.

  2. Melanie Haiken Avatar

    I’m getting addicted to your wicked cracks, Jane, but I must confess to a love for sappy romances, no matter how predictable they are, so this appeals to me, though the pairing sounds lifted straight from Ryan/Ali in Love Story, while the mismatched-couple-over-years plotline sounds like a direct steal from When Harry Met Sally. But Sturgess is yummy so count me in…..

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      I’m a new fan of Jim Sturgess, so will have to check out his other movies. I’ve seen ’21’ and ‘Owls of Ga’Hoole,’ but ‘The Way Back’ from director Peter Weir looks really intriguing – about Siberian gulag escapees who walk 4000 miles overland to freedom in India. Plus it’s got Colin Farrell and Ed Harris in it.

  3. Sheryl Avatar

    Looking forward to your review, Jane. I too am a big Patricia Clarkson fan, although it does sound as if the storyline is a predictable one…

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      It’s funny because I think of Patricia Clarkson as doing only quirky indie films, so automatically think this must be a quirky indie film. Of course she’s done mainstream movies, too. Guess we’ll find out what this one is when it comes out. The director did ‘An Education,’ which was kind of a quirky indie film, so maybe that’s a clue.

  4. Susan Avatar

    Let’s not forget Light Anne in The Princess Diaries. Perhaps not her best work but I’d see it. The concept kind of reminds me of this essay I just read in the Boston Globe:

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Great story in the Globe – thanks for posting, Susan. And I love The Princess Diaries. Maybe they’ll bring that back now that she’s Queen and have a new ingenue she can train like Julie Andrews did with her.

  5. Libby Avatar

    You might want to add ‘blah blah blah’ on to the synopsis but the story doesn’t exactly pan out the way you expect it to and not in the way you’re thinking. I didn’t think Anne Hathaway was right for this role but now I’ve seen the trailer I reckon she might be able to pull it off. And it’s quite likely to show the Light Anne as well as Dark Anne because she has lots of good sarcastic lines in the book. Basically read the book because it won’t be what you expect.

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Thanks for the book insight, Libby. Will have to check it out before the movie comes out. And Anne is pretty good with the sarcastic lines, so that might be a good fit for the movie. If you were in charge of casting the movie, who would you have chosen for that role?

  6. Michael Chadnoffsky Avatar

    I cant wait for the Dark Knight Rising. I’ve heard that Anne Hathaway will be one of the leads in the movie, let’s see if she can nail it like what Halle Berry did.

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