My One and Only

  • Review Date: August 21, 2009
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

Common Sense Media says

High-spirited 1950s-set dramedy mixes humor, heavy themes.
  • Review Date: August 21, 2009
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive 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.

Positive 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.

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

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

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Fed up with her philandering husband -- big-band leader Dan Devereaux (Kevin Bacon) -- Ann (Renée Zellweger) takes her two sons in search of a new husband/father. Bookish, serious George (Logan Lerman) and needlepoint-loving wannabe-actor Robbie (Mark Rendall) go along for the ride as their travels take them from New York to Los Angeles, with many stops en route. As one man after another proves to be a disappointment, Ann learns to hone other skills besides her beauty and charm -- but it’s not a lesson that comes easily.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The real life George Hamilton is known for many things: his campy characters, his numerous cameos, and, of course, his perma-tan. What’s not as well known are the details of his colorful childhood, which are chronicled (and somewhat fictionalized) here. As the young George, Lerman is a find. Subtle when necessary, emotional when called for, he’s a protagonist to root for. So is Zellweger, who plays Ann with aplomb. The actress manages to be sympathetic while playing someone who, despite loving her children, is very selfish. She and the boys make a tight family unit, with Bacon the outsider they adore but can’t quite tame.

Director Richard Loncraine keeps the pace breezy -- appropriate for a film set in the 1950s. The dialogue is equally snappy. But sometimes the gaiety feels forced and the banter theatrical. Though Ann and the boys’ lives sometimes feel perilous, even depressing, disbelief is very much suspended. (You know they barely have any money, but somehow they manage to stay clothed, fed, and housed.) Still, the film works as an escape into a world where tragedies can feel like jaunty misadventures.

Families can talk about...

  • 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 the

  • metamorphosis incremental or overnight? What triggers it? Is it believable?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 21, 2009
DVD release date:November 10, 2009
Cast:Kevin Bacon, Logan Lerman, Renee Zellweger
Director:Richard Loncraine
Studio:Freestyle Releasing
Genre:Comedy
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content and language

This review of My One and Only was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?
Thanks – we appreciate your feedback!

Essential Apps Guide