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  • 4.0

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    My One and Only has an old-fashioned sensibility -- and some lovely Mad Men-style costumes -- making for a pleasantly diverting road movie.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A weightless movie as cheerily artificial as the Old Navy pitchman's bronze skin tones.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Chief among the movie's charms are Ms. Zellweger, Mr. Rendall--whose would-be actor Robbie is a dab hand at ­embroidery and accessorizing his stepmother--and Mr. Lerman, who plays George as a bookish adolescent with dreams of becoming a writer.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Peter's lightning-fast script and Loncraine's steady direction steer this road picture to the sunny side of the street.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is essentially Renee Zellweger's picture, and she glows in it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

High-spirited 1950s-set dramedy mixes humor, heavy themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this 1950s-set comedy starring Renee Zellweger is fairly light and frothy in tone, it takes on mature themes like adultery, single parenthood, and divorce's effects on children. In addition to plenty of irresponsible parenting, expect some swearing (including "f--k") and sexuality (including a scene in which a teen girl bares her breasts to a boy, though they're not shown). Still, in the end, the story proves uplifting, even moving, despite some strong life lessons.

  • Families can talk about Ann and Dan's parenting skills (or lack thereof). Were they disconnected because that was the way parents were in that era? How do they compare to their modern-day counterparts?
  • How do the kids respond to the chaos around them? Do their reactions seem realistic to you? How does parental conflict affect children?
  • Why do you think Ann changes over time? Is themetamorphosis incremental or overnight? What triggers it? Is it believable?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Parents start out behaving badly, but they eventually learn to prioritize their children and get their act together (some do, anyway). Some teens appear derisive of their parents, especially their mother, but they end up appreciating her attempts to better herself and her family.

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    Role models: Ann is undoubtedly selfish, but she has tons of spirit. Besides, as one of her son points out, she tries to be a good mother, even if she doesn't always succeed. Ditto for her husband, who’s pretty much absent from his children’s lives. The siblings have a great relationship; though they’re very different in disposition and personality, they stick up and watch out for one another.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A man lunges after a woman, who protects herself and her son by brandishing a fireplace poker. A mother slaps her son. A man pulls a knife on a woman, and her son defends them both by firing a gun.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A woman is mistakenly arrested for prostitution; a wife catches her husband in bed with another woman (no nudity, though he does walk around in his boxers while he and his spouse bicker). A teenage girl bares her breasts to a boy her age (but they're not shown); he responds in a fairly gentlemanly fashion.

  • language false3

    Language: Swearing includes several uses of "s--t," plus “bitch,” "goddamn," "hell," "damn," and one use of “f--k.”

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking and smoking, accurate for the 1950s setting.