Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss teams up with Mark Duplass, playing a couple looking to save their faltering marriage. It's a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist called "The One I Love." NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.
Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass star in a new indy film that combines romance, comedy, drama and science fiction. It's called The One I Love.
Duplass and Moss play Ethan and Sophie, a dysfunctional couple who's marriage is on the rocks. Seeking to put a romantic spark back in their relationship and save things before it's too late, they seek help from a marriage counselor played by Ted Danson.
His recommendation is that they spend a long weekend at a country estate.
Initially, the change of scenery in this idyllic setting seems to be working for these two. But after a bit, both of them start to exhibit some strange behavior.
Things get much weirder, on the level of a Twilight Zone episode. I can't tell you anymore about the plot, though, because it would be considered a spoiler.
The filmmakers have constructed a crazy premise and that's OK with me. As far as I'm concerned, if you're going to go the sci-fi route, I'll buy into any whacked out world that you want, as long as you stick to the rules of the universe that you've created. Twilight Zone episodes and Charlie Kaufman films, for example, almost always do.
At a certain point, though, first time director Charlie McDowell, breaks those roles and this movie stops making any sense at all.
On the positive side, Mark Duplass and Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss give excellent performances, as does Ted Danson in a brief role. The two leads impressively display their acting chops and much of their dialogue was improvised. The Duplass brothers also serve as executive producers here and if you're familiar with their work, their unique style is easily recognized throughout the film.
But ultimately the surreal concept is half-baked and poorly executed, which will take audiences out of the movie all leading to an unsatisfying conclusion.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple rating: Two Apples