A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Blaming others gets you nowhere; let go of resentment and anger, and take responsibility for your own life.
Positive Role Models
The main characters do move in positive directions over the course of the movie, but they're still not all that admirable. A narcissistic man in his 70s has neglected and emotionally abused his now-adult daughters, cheated on many wives, been in rehab for substance abuse, and generally lived a selfish life. A smart, talented woman is paralyzed by self-sabotage and resentment and prefers to toss out stinging insults rather than live her life effectively. A woman blackmails someone.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A serial adulterer cheats on his wife. An underwear-clad woman wakes up in a stranger's bed and runs out of his house. Off screen, a woman has an affair with a married man. A woman tries to kiss her ex-boyfriend, who's now her sister's husband. A character's past as a porn star is dredged up. A grandfather gives a Playboy magazine to his 8-year-old grandson.
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"S--t," "f--k," "c--t," "a--hole," "screw," "p---y," "fart," "d--k," "big rack." Adults swear in front of a child.
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Products & Purchases
Rolls Royce and Ford Taurus are prominently displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character falls off the wagon. A father and his adult daughter smoke marijuana together. Cigarettes. Adults drink at home and in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One More Time (which is also known as When I Live My Life Over Again) is a dramedy starring Christopher Walken that addresses mature issues including adultery, substance abuse, neglectful parenting, rampant narcissism, and self-sabotage. Adults smoke marijuana and cigarettes and drink alcohol. There's no nudity, but porn and affairs are referenced, an underwear-clad woman is seen, and pictures of nude women on playing cards are glimpsed from far as a man plays with his 8-year-old grandson. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "a--hole," "t--s," and "screw." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In many ways, this compelling film works, despite seemingly stock characters and predictable worst-case scenarios. After all, it centers on an oblivious, ego maniac showbiz dad who missed his daughters' birthdays and viewed them as extensions of himself to ignore at will, who cheated on all his wives, and who still craves the spotlight and tosses out hurtful and insensitive criticism. But writer-director Robert Edwards uses the clichés to good effect. He builds a case for those who've been wronged to cast aside resentment and anger, accept the damage others may have done to you, and get on with your life anyway.
The writing is intelligent, although the characters often sound too much like each other (witty, sarcastic and jaded), to the point that you can't help imagining they all represent the writer's personality, rather than distinct fictional people. Nevertheless, Walken and Heard remind us with persuasive performances that clichés do occur in real life, and it's some people's misfortune to either be one or to have one for a parent.
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