Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
This movie was a pleasant surprise. For one, it is a romance which isn’t about unrealistic showboating and over the top grandeur gestures. It’s heavily about communicating with someone you like or love and attempting to work through the kinks in your relationship. Leading to perhaps one of the most likable romantic films I’ve seen.
Bea (Isabelle Fuhrman) | Elizabeth (Anna Camp) | Drew (Justin Chatwin) | Andy (Kyle Allen)
Characters & Storyline
Over the course of one night, one couple is formed and the other on the verge of ending their relationship. The older couple is composed of Elizabeth and Drew. Together since around high school, it seems between Drew’s work and him seemingly cheating, Elizabeth feels she isn’t enough and doesn’t trust him. On the other end, Bea just got dumped at prom and Andy, a guy who probably has liked her for over a decade, sticks up for his friend, tries to console her and perhaps gets her to fall in love with him.
All the while, the older couple, randomly at times, gives advice to these kids who remind them so much of themselves. For while they work on their present with their spouse, they are trying to help these kids avoid the mistakes they made for a better future.
Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered
Kyle Allen reminds me of a young Heath Ledger.
The happier the memory, the more unlikely it is that you’ll remember it.
— One Night
Just because you make it look easy doesn’t mean it is.
— One Night
[…] Marriage, otherwise known as adjusting expectations for adults.
— One Night
It’s All About Communication
One thing I never fully understood with most movies and shows which deal with romance is why there is such an issue with communicating your feelings. Granted, it is hard to be vulnerable with someone else and open yourself up to judgement for things out of your control and that you barely understand. Yet, it is those moments when you are exposed with someone that can lead to the best moments of your life.
Something seen in this film quite beautifully. For while the romance is built off a friendship well over ten years, it is during this time when Bea is vulnerable after a bad break up, while re-planning her life, and Andy allows himself to open up to try to find ways to make her feel better, that you get one of the cutest romances you may ever see. For there is something very relatable to Bea’s life in which she seemed to have her life planned of how everything up to 40 would go but then almost half-way she finds all of those plans obsolete. Yet, Andy is relatable too. He is the odd guy that is cool with having his own rhythm and yet is afraid, or at the very least cautious, about taking chances which don’t deal with his potential career, but more so his personal life. It’s like, a job or career means easy decisions and he is up for taking them. However, deciding to defend this girl you like, what to say to make her feel better, how to take her mind off what is troubling her, what can you say or do for that?
Then with the adults, you see the complications of having a long relationship and feeling you aren’t enough, adjusting to what it means to be in a long-term relationship in terms of what is considered romantic and it speaks on a topic usually saved for the climax: Trust. With the older two, trust is the craw and they remind you that no matter how cute the moments, or how sweet the gesture or sentence, if there isn’t trust, then all you are building is a sand castle and not a relationship.
The Interaction between the Two Couples and Women Being Established
Though it happened less than 7 times, I believe, I loved when the older couple got involved with their counterpart. Now, admittedly for the guys, it was the usual advice on taking action, being a man, and etc. However, I really enjoyed, more so, the interaction between the two women for while Elizabeth makes it seem she was once Bea, she makes it seem like she can see where Bea is going and is trying to redirect her. She wants her to not become exactly like her and with Bea on the cusp of making those big decisions which got Elizabeth to the place she is, in the least condescending way possible, she tries to steer her toward a more happy life.
But, in general, I just love how Bea isn’t some manic pixie girl and plays the role guys often get to. She doesn’t know what she is doing with her life at this point and while she has interest, like building things and science, it seems the colleges she wanted to go to rejected her and now her life is sort of on pause, or drastically slowed down. Making Andy the love interest who women usually play who primarily focuses on building up their partner and helping them discover a different part of themselves.
Overall: Positive (Worth Seeing) – Recommended
One thing I never liked about romantic movies, with a hint of drama, is they have become so predictable. Half way through someone does something stupid and a grand gesture usually fixes things. Making for films like this where people are either building the foundation for a relationship or trying to strip things down to the foundation, in order to rebuild, refreshing. But what really makes this worth seeing, and something I recommend, is because it reminds you the basis of love is trust and how that can be strong enough to build an empire yet weak enough to be destroyed with one action or sentence.