THE ONE I LOVE – A Review by John Strange

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THE ONE I LOVE
 
By: John ’Doc’ Strange
 
Directed by: Charlie McDowell
 
Cast: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
 
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some sexuality and drug use)
 
Selig Rating: FULL PRICE
 
Runtime: 91 Min.
 
 
When their marriage hits an especially rough spot, a couple, Ethan and Sophie (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss), seek help from a marriage counselor (Ted Danson).  When his work seems to be failing to bring the couple back together the therapist suggests a weekend trip to spend time alone.
 
The home is amazing!  Everything you could ask for to allow you to spend a weekend reconnecting with your significant other.  Stocked with excellent everything and complete with all manner of activities to be done together.  On the grounds are two bungalows.  One is marked “Guest House”.  Something odd is going on in that house.
 
This film is a low budget film made in fifteen days.  This information floored me.  The quality of the film and the special effects will blow you away.  These effects enhance one of the most intriguing scripts I have seen in a long time.  The hooks and clever twists will grab you as strongly as they did me.  If you are ready for a film that makes you think, this is the film for you.  I don’t know that it is necessarily what I would call a date film but married couples will want to spend some time talking afterwards.
                  
 
 
 
The Selig Rating Scale:
 
FULL PRICE – Excellent movie, well worth the price
MATINEE – Good movie
DOLLAR – OK movie
CABLE – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
FREEBIE – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
COMMERCIAL TV – Commercials and cutting to the allotted time will not hurt this one.
FORGET IT! – Bad. If you see this one, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself.
GET YOUR TORCHES – BAD! – Burn the script, the writer, the director and maybe even the actors!