Triumph and true it is a tale of a mother’s love, or at least what she thinks love is. Renee Zellweger stars as Ann Devereaux in “My One and Only”, inspired by the childhood experiences of actor George Hamilton. This dreary comedy is narrated by her son George (Logan Lerman), taking us along as his mother attempts to find a new father for her two young boys after catching her husband with another woman. Mrs. Devereaux has always gotten by on her own charms and has never had to work a day. Like a cat always landing on her feet. Her husband Dan (Kevin Bacon) is from a successful band and can’t seem to keep the ladies away. When Ann becomes a witness to his infidelity, she packs their two sons George and Robbie (Mark Rendall) gets as much cash as she can, purchases a new car and leaves. Not looking back once.
The year is 1953, and Ann is convinced that her charms are still irresistible and tries to make by on them. The adventurous trip hits many road bumps as Ann searches for a suitable mate. Along the way she becomes engaged to Dr. Harlan Williams (Chris Noth), who turns out to have a little too much rage. Then there is Bill Massey (David Koechner), who turns out to have some instability. As the two sons continue to deal with their mother’s romantic misadventures they become ready to settle down. It’s a life of instability punctuated by moments of sheer panic. In the end George tries to guide his mother, but which direction they go is ultimately in her hands.
“My One and Only” is a depressing tale. It was unfortunate to see such a light casted on a single mother. In the end as Ann’s view changes you begin to see her turn into a real mother. The dialogue was slow and pace was not sufficient for such a broad story. Renee Zellweger has a much improved performance since her last romantic-comedy, “New In Town”. Logan Lerman takes to the big screen and offers a superb performance. He is now on our watch list. Unfortunately the tale was a little slow and disappointing. “My One and Only” does not quite sum up my feelings for the film.