After seeing The One I Love, I was concerned that moviegoers would be denied the reward of seeing this movie without their chosen critics spoiling the fun.
Donc, I am happy to see that most reviews for The One I Love are brief and/or include spoiler alerts. I recommend seeing The One I Love now on VOD before it is released theatrically on the 22nd of August.
While there are only three actors in the movie, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson, it doesn’t feel claustrophobic in the least.
This is a promising début from director Charlie McDowell. Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) are seeking marriage counseling to repair the damage done by Ethan’s infidelity. Ethan looks like the lovechild of Stephen Colbert and Richard Kind, wearing an emasculating sailor stripe sweater and wimpy round eyeglasses.
After a literally inharmonic compatibility test, the therapist (Danson) prescribes them a weekend away at a tried and true country inn ninety minutes away- “to reset the reset button,” as he puts it with an enthusiastic smile. The couple are game even if they don’t share his optimism.
They arrive at the bucolic spread and begin to explore the grounds and facilities. Ethan discovers a guest house with a conspicuous display of enthusiastic iPad testimonials of other couples who have been “reset.” He reveals his find to Sophie, and they wonder if it’s okay to use it as there’s no staff in sight.
That’s all the plot you should know going in.
I feel obliged to make a single concessional presupposition to fellow Movie Snobs: you may think there are issues of continuity. There aren’t.
Enjoy the ride.