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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The triumphant messages are to never give up on your dream and to not allow criticism to stop you from doing what you love. It also encourages children to be honest with their parents about what they want to do with their lives.
Positive Role Models
Julz is a very supportive girlfriend and then wife. She wants Paul to sing if that's what he wants to do, and she doesn't take kindly to those who criticize him unfairly, even his father on occasion. Paul is a sweet and loving guy who really does have a beautiful voice. But he lacks self-confidence and has trouble believing that he can sing opera professionally.
Violence & Scariness
Paul is bullied as a boy and teen. He's beaten up by mean kids in his class; as adults, the same boys (now men) try to beat him with their fists and a chain until a woman hits the ringleader on the head. Paul ends up in the hospital (fainting spell, beating, getting hit by a car) a few times throughout the film, but each time he recovers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mostly kisses and a couple of references to sex (a woman insults her boyfriend as a "perfunctory lover"). Paul kisses Julz but doesn't have sex with her until their wedding night, when he helps her undress and she's shown in a corset as they kiss on the bed. Early in the movie, Paul kisses someone while at an opera seminar, but it's celebratory.
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Occasional language is mostly British slang like "tosser," "twat," "prat," "sod off," "prick," and "bugger off," as well as "shite," "arse," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Britain's Got Talent is prominently featured toward the end of the movie. Other mentioned brands or stores include Carphone Warehouse (where Paul works), Burger King, Nokia, Motorola, and other electronics.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking by adults at pubs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Chance is an underdog comedy/biopic of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts (James Corden), who went from being a cell phone salesman to performing at Royal Albert Hall. The Welsh opera singer's story is likely relatively unknown outside the U.K., so appeal among American tweens and teens may not be high. But the movie has laughs, romance (including kissing and a fairly demure wedding night scene), and dramatic tension, even if you know it's going to end with a victory. The main character is bullied both as a child as an adult; he's beaten up and threatened with fists and a chain. He also lands in the hospital a few times but always recovers. The language occasionally includes British slang/curses like "tosser," "sod off," and more, and there's some drinking in pubs. In the end, the movie encourages audiences to follow their dreams, no matter how unlikely they seem. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to criticize such an earnest story, which follows a man who seems like the kindest, least egocentric winner of any talent competition. Corden, whose singing voice was dubbed by the real-life Potts, does a fine job with the role, which requires him to make a sweet, nerdy, opera singer deserving of a feature-length film. So what is it that makes Paul stand out among all those other fame-hungry contestants? Well, he's actually quite talented, and he's not obsessed with the spotlight so much as expressing himself artistically in the only way he knows how -- through song.
Potts' on-screen support is played by his hilariously lazy store manager Braddon (comedic actor Mackenzie Crook, best known for The Office and Pirates of the Caribbean); his patient, ever-encouraging love, Julz; his loving mother (Julie Walters, once again playing a fierce mama bear); and his father (Colm Meaney), who doesn't understand why Paul can't be content with a mine or factory job like him and his mates. The secondary characters add much-needed spice to the otherwise vanilla story. Even though it's occasionally bland and predictable, there's an adorably winning quality to Corden's portrayal of Potts, so by the time he's on Britain's Got Talent, we're all cheering for him to belt out his aria and prove Pavarotti wrong.
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