The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, brought to you by the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, a/perture Cinema, is The One I Love. It stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men fame.
IMDb says: “Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them.”
Basically, the film is about Ethan and Sophie, who are struggling in their marriage. They go see their therapist played by Ted Danson. He sends them on a retreat to an estate where he sends many of his clients that are in trouble. This part is from Wikipedia: “Once at the estate, Ethan and Sophie make themselves comfortable, smoking some marijuana to relax. Sophie goes to the guest cottage, and while there has sex with Ethan. Sophie returns to the house to find Ethan asleep. When she mentions the sex they just had, Ethan claims he cannot remember and Sophie, annoyed that Ethan could ruin an otherwise romantic evening with a joke in poor taste, goes to bed alone. Ethan, instead, curls up in the guest cottage. During the night, Sophie joins him in remorse, apologizing for her behavior and falling asleep next to him. The next morning, she makes him eggs and bacon for breakfast. Ethan makes note how odd it is that Sophie is cooking bacon for him, as she notably hates the smell of bacon and would always refuse to cook it”
They realize that there are doppelgangers at work here and that both Ethan and Sophie feel better when they’re with the doppelgangers. So the plan was to take turns in the guest cottage and only do it for about 15 minutes at a time. Of course, this can’t go on forever, especially since they’re only there for a limited time. So as they get closer to the other versions of their significant others Ethan decides to barge in on Sophie and Ethan II, then everyone gets together and starts talking. It turns out that Sophie II and Ethan II need to get someone to leave their real significant other for them and that’s the only way they can leave the property. So after exploring their feelings Ethan decides he’s had enough and he chooses to leave and takes Sophie with him. What happens after that? Well, you’ll have to watch to see.
I liked the movie. I found myself questioning what was going on, as I’m sure was the point. Is it cinematic genius? Not at all. Is it entertaining? Yeah, mostly. It does drag a bit in the middle as the revelations of the film come to light, but for the most part, yeah, it’s pretty good. Do I recommend it? Really, only if you’re just looking for something to watch. Truthfully, I only watched it because of Elisabeth Moss. It was interesting but seems to have fallen short of the overall idea, which is great.
Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 80% fresh where the Audience Score is 77%. It was directed by Charlie McDowell and I saw it on Netflix. I rate it 3 stars. What do you think? Have you seen it? Do you agree or disagree? What would you like to see me review? Drop me a line and let me know.
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“So, we met at a party, and… it was magic. Within a half-hour we were driving up into this really nice neighborhood, and we were running down the stairs of some strangers back yard, and then we were swimming, and we were in love. What we didn’t count on was that even though the lights were off, the owner of the home was there. And he came out screaming at us, and it was the greatest night of my life.” – Ethan, The One I Love