The One I Love (2014) - Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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A troubled couple vacate to a beautiful getaway, but bizarre circumstances further complicate their situation.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Charlie McDowell
Stars: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss
Length: 91 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 20 out of 90 found boring (22.22%)

One-line Reviews (83)

Bizarrely entertaining.

What was once creepy and disturbing, thus morphs into a very heavy-handed and ultimately trite melodrama about regret.

The dichotomy of Ethan's love as self-evident and Sophie's as circumstantial—and Sophie's apparent acceptance of this fact—is a fascinating opinion on the nature of love.

I would describe them as "Woody Allen" characters, boring, rich, superficial, shallow people who have ridiculous, unrealistic conversations.

In what would be a great short film or half hour TV slot, this runs completely out of steam by the 45 minute mark and drags its repetitive corpse with its thin narrative threads to the feature finish line.

So yes, it that sense it had a somewhat predictable ending.

What complicates matters is that the original version of the wife is falling in love with the alternate version of the husband, which was pretty predictable.

It is a fascinating and inventive look at a relationship like I've never seen before.

Sometimes a bit confusing if you lose your attention, and it doesn't really come with clear answers at the end, so that's also a major letdown to me.

The film dramatizes the intriguing question: what if you could get exactly what you want?

Worth watching.

As their therapist's instruction a couple who are on the edge of losing their marriage, tries a weekend getaway to patch the differences.

As the plot unfolds, you're surprised in a pleasant yet weird way because what's happening is so unexpected.

I wish they were aliens or something, with a slow, scary revelation of creepy habits, that would make the couple regret their decisions.

What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal when an unexpected discovery requires both to rethink about themselves, their relationships and their future.

With a few twists, a clever and intriguing plot and a deliberately open-ending, the movie will leave you thinking about its nuances.

Don't watch any trailers or read up on the storyline because films like this are really only enjoyable because of the mystery and atmosphere they build while watching.

The bizarre socializing (including a dull poker game) slows down the manic proceedings and it feels that the earlier premise has been altered and the narrative has now worn out its welcome.

While on the other hand the pace of the story flow is done interchanging from slow to fast to slow again.

The final 30% wraps up in a bit of confusion caused by a co-mingling of genres--attaching science fiction to the masterful magic realism already doing good service.

Most of the time there was no music playing but rather the sounds of the actions performed, which is all fine and good only the sounds were almost too loud, as if the sounds were echoing in an empty room.

Intriguing combination of humor and pathos .

Then when the plot of the movie and the weirdness starts happening, the way the characters respond to it seems contrived and unrealistic, especially given how the Ethan character is implied to be the type of guy who likes understanding how things work and stuff.

These people start as boring strangers and end up as boring strangers.

In my opinion this movie is neither psychological, thrilling, romantic or in the least bit funny.

I can see that the writers intended to let the audience get their own interpretation of the ending but there are a few very confusing things.

It started out with promise but it was just long and drawn out.

I'm a huge fan of the Duplasse brothers and of Elizabeth Moss and I saw this film at the Montclair (NJ) Film Festival and enjoyed it very much.

The ending, where it turns out the husband unknowingly left with the alternate version of his wife was obvious and predictable too.

I'll sum it up as both intriguing and amusing, a double source of entertainment.

It's here that the pace slows and the whole thing becomes quite dull and repetitive.

So, poor beginning, predictable ending without resolving the underlying mystery - I give this film a 6 (fair) out of 10.

) The movie works best, and is riveting in a kind of harrowingly comic way, when the husband and wife are getting used to what they see as a "safe' environment to play out their other's better qualities, as if it's a 'tag-you're-it' thing, and we get to see how one views the other and one tries to be more or less comfortable.

What starts out as a nice simple vacation takes a strange unexpected turn.

A clever and intriguing plot.

I can's say much more, because preserving the mysterious wow factor of the movie is what makes it worth the watch.

Starting out with a typical marriage counseling session, director Charlie McDowell and writer Justin Lader lull us into a movie-going comfort zone based on our experience with such Hollywood fluff as Hope Springs and Couples Retreat.

If the actors were able to deliver a more emotional performance I would have enjoyed it a bit more.

It actually managed to get me excited for a few minute, even if it was after a very long bored waiting for the pain to go.

Very intriguing and went in a lot of directions that I didn't expect it to.

Needless to say, I found this very intriguing… so I did just that.

They come up with some ground rules before engaging in taking turns with their respective spouse's duplicate: They will not have sex with them, and they will be completely honest about their experiences.

It's a fascinating foundation to dissect this idea from.

And the movie overall is absolutely fascinating and well worth watching, with solid performances from its TV-star cast.

-Sometimes the interactions between the characters and issues touched upon got to be annoyingly familiar and repetitive.

Endlessly intriguing with some superb writing and directing, and two absolutely fantastic leading performances.

It's extremely bland.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the characterizations is that neither of them looks at their duplicate as an impetus to become better people and recapture the positive things they may have lost over the years since the two first met.

The dialogue they engage in, is largely banal and meaningless.

Highly Entertaining .

Secondly, the last fifteen minutes of this film is very strange and a bit confusing.

I have come to expect his movies to be unique with an unexpected weirdness.

There is confusing stuff here.

This is the feature directorial debut from Charlie McDowell who delivers a solid film, and it is also the first screenplay written by Justin Lader which explores marriage in a rather inventive and engaging way.

This movie is engaging and highly entertaining.

The problem is that you have to sit through and watch until it reaches its conclusion even when you're compelled to leave or take a quick nap because permanent threat of boredom always looming, always quietly creeping up, so yeah, it's difficult to judge.

fascinating, even though it can't quite dig itself out of its own hole .

Duplass and Moss are very entertaining together and carry the entire film by playing the two versions of their characters for over 90 minutes alone on screen.

This movie was unexpected, funny, and thought provoking.

As Sophie and real-world Ethan grow apart, jealousies lead to betrayals and just as the audience starts wondering where this story is going, the film makes a delightfully unexpected pivot into its third act, which I won't reveal here.

Interesting concept wasted on this slow paced, dull film.

Moreover, both films do a great job of engaging the audience and carrying the plot along, while still leaving everyone in debate over what exactly happened throughout the story (and especially at the end).

"The One I Love" was a really enjoyable, quirky, slightly-off centered film.

Unexpected brilliance .

The film is funny, and bizarrely entertaining, due to a pretty clever script.

The beginning was boring and poorly written.

I think it'll even be boring upon a second watch, now that I don't have to think and guess as I had upon the first.

What starts off as confusion becomes something that no one can or wants to believe.

Suspenseful Romantic Drama .

super unique slow jealous, prefer duplicate

I've read a few reviews that state how dull the introduction and plot development is, but without giving away any spoilers, getting into the last quarter of the film the first 2/3 become so extremely vital, that the action becomes thrilling, I found myself on several occasions with an elevated pulse, and cheering for Duplass's character who seems to be trapped literally and figuratively.

Worth the watch .

Not that I totally disliked this attempt at romantic originality, but it was all a bit bland and aloof.

It's a rather boring indie for the first 20 minutes.

What "Coherence" does differently is present characters who harbour an intense hatred for their duplicates, triplicates and quadruplicates.

Mr.Dull, sorry, Mr.Dulpass on the other hand… well, what kind of actor is he?

Key to the success of the entertaining piece lies in well-written and acted scenes underscored by emphasis upon persevering through a therapeutic method instigated by the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime "cosmic force.

Relationship drama in an unsuspecting setting with a sort of futuristic twist leaves a lot to be desired but is so well acted, filmed and thought out that it makes you stay till the very end, even though it is really drawn out and stretched to the max like a pair of old sheer tights over a fat leg.

" The story becomes quite engaging with the inciting incident, when Ethan insists that the good sex Sophie claims occurred the night before, never happened.

And, the final twist was entirely predictable.

It starts out as a boring, straight, white, well-off couple goes off to "refresh" their troubled marriage at an idyllic California-looking private retreat.

All in all it is really worth watching it.

With little to no idea about what I was actually getting myself into, this movie quickly became a fascinating ride into a strange and mysterious plot with bizarre twists and turns each as unexpected as the last.