My One and Only: I remember mama

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My One and Only earns 3 & 1/2 Red Vines for being a beautiful nostalgic road trip

I don't think I've ever seen a movie that I didn't have an instant reaction to. I don't mean during the movie because many a movie has won me over after a rough start and even more have made me fast forward to see if there would be anything redeeming before I yanked it from the player. But nearly 24 hours after seeing " ", I'm still not sure how much I liked it.

Loosely based-very loosely based-on one of Hollywood's leading men of the 60's & 70's is part of the movie's appeal. I won't ruin it for you by spilling the beans because in all honesty it was the best part of the ending for me. My research revealed that the only real similarity between fact and fiction is that the mother of said icon left her philandering musician husband with two sons in tow and that alone is the only reality this movie presents.

In "My One and Only", Renee Zellwegger portrays said mother. Her portrayal of what I would call a Blanch Dubois-esque character with a mother's will to survive is quite an achievement in its balance between fragility and indomitable optimism. I would be shocked if she didn't nab an Oscar nomination for her performance.

The rest of the cast is fine but trust me, this movie is all Renee's?.and the art director's. Set in one tumultuous summer of the 1950's the artistic direction is flawless. From hair & wardrobe to cars to music and d?cor, the movie is simply beautiful to behold. Look for it to get Oscar nods in all these categories.

But what perplexes me is that it is classified everywhere as a comedy. Granted there are a few comedic moments but at best it should be called a dramedy. I personally found it to be more of a tragedy with comedic relief and a somewhat happy ending. Confused? Obviously so was I. Apparently I still am.

LADIES ROOM LOWDOWN: The opening credits of this movie are a real visual treat. But they made more sense seeing them after the movie. Since I viewed this at home as a studio 'screener' I had the luxury of watching them again. I appreciated it so much more for content not just eye candy. But all that eye candy distracted me from the on screen titles and I'm glad they did. Otherwise I surely would have noticed who the Hollywood icon was, as it was placed right up there for all to see from the very beginning.

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