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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Marriages can be difficult, and sometimes people need to be reminded why they fell in love. After a long time, couples might only see each other's flaws, and it can be tough to look past that and recognize the real person they're with.
Positive Role Models
At the retreat, Ethan is motivated to be a better husband and partner by seeing unexpected possibilities, while Sophie must decide whether she likes the "new and improved" Ethan or the original. They both have to make a difficult choice.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple makes love tenderly and affectionately. There's no nudity, but plenty of motion under the covers.
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Infrequent profanity includes "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
One character uses an iPhone.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine at meals and while relaxing and socializing. In some scenes, they also smoke pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The One I Love is an offbeat indie dramedy (with a thriller streak) about the ways that people in long-term relationships slowly change -- and how those changes affect their partners. At the suggestion of their therapist, the main characters spend a weekend away at a small compound; they ultimately learn far more about each other, and themselves, than they expected or wanted. Expect several scenes with with pot smoking and social drinking, some swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.), and a few tender love scenes (no nudity). Be prepared to be surprised. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE ONE I LOVE is fresh and eerie and insightful all at once, hard to categorize either as a romance (because much of it is about love) or as a thriller (because it is creepy). Much of the film's charm is attributable to Moss. She grounds the movie in an approachable authenticity, even as she manages to inhabit a role that's both ineffable and earthy. She's a master at subtlety without shorting her portrayal of a woman at a loss on how to make her marriage work, if she even wants to. She's the best part of the film. (Duplass' Ethan doesn't seem as specific as Moss' Sophie; we don't quite know why he makes the choices he does.)
An offbeat script allows The One I Love to straddle different genres with a certain degree of success, taking unpredictable turns while hitting certain milestones that we tend to expect from both relationship dramas and thrillers. Once you give yourself over to the plot's bizarro nature, you're attached to Sophie and Ethan (perhaps more Sophie than Ethan), wondering where this windy road leads. The ending may still leave you with questions, but it is satisfying. And, frankly, disheartening.
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