Bill Gray
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 28, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My One And Only

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/21/09
performer
Logan Lerman, Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, Chris Noth, Robin Weigert
director
Richard Loncraine
distributor
Freestyle Releasing
author
Charlie Peters
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Renée Zellweger plays to her strengths as an unsinkable Southern belle in the safe and breezy 1950s period piece My One and Only. With a platinum blond assist, the scrunchable star crinkles prettily as Ann Devereaux, a flirty yet flinty survivor who scoops up? her two teenage sons, loads them into a ?powder blue Cadillac Eldorado, and leaves her philandering bandleader husband (Kevin Bacon) in New York. One son, Robbie (Mark Rendall), is a Project Runway queen born a half century too soon; the other, George (Logan Lerman), narrates the story and grows up to become?eternally charming, cleverly self-mocking George Hamilton. Yes, this is ? actually the Tanned One’s life story, spun into a weightless movie as cheerily artificial as the Old Navy pitchman’s bronze skin tones.

As Ann and her boys motor west toward Los Angeles, Mama looks up old beaux in search of a potential new man with $$$ (she’s got a knack for the wrong guys), Robbie does embroidery, and George worries for the three of them. The whole journey unfurls in a billow of fashionable costumes and generous small cameos from nice TV actors, including Chris Noth, Nick Stahl, Eric McCormack, and the? always enlivening Robin Weigert (Calamity Jane in Deadwood) as Ann’s stingy sister. B-

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