The One and Only (15)

Review by Katherine Kaminsky



FROM the writer and director of Our Friends in the North, (Peter Flannery and Simon Cellan Jones) and again set in Newcastle, comes The One And Only, a film billed as a feel-good comedy starring Justine Waddell and Richard Roxburgh.

Stevie (Justine Waddell) has just discovered she's pregnant by her footballer husband, Sonny (Jonathan Cake), when she meets kitchen-fitter Neil (Richard Roxburgh). Neil fires blanks and so has been persuaded by his wife, Jenny (Aisling OÕSullivan), to adopt an African child. But for Neil and Stevie it's love at first sight and they soon realise they are in the wrong marriages.

This film feels more like a rejected episode of Footballers' Wives than a Brit flick comedy, the main problem being that it's simply not funny. Based on a Danish film called 'Den Eneste Ene', I can only assume it lost something in the translation. The plot is uninspired and contains no surprises.

The casting is also dodgy. Justine Waddell has a scene accusing a beautician of having an affair with her husband. She explains that when the beautician reaches Waddell's age there will be another younger and prettier face to replace her.

The problem here is that Waddell is talking to Donna Air who, although gorgeous, doesn't look significantly younger than the young looking Waddell. But at least this provides one of the few laughs of the film.

The best thing about The One and Only is Newcastle. The city is beautifully shot and care has been taken on the overall look of the film. It's just a shame to find nothing under the packaging.