Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass Are Great in 'The One I Love' And That's All I Can Tell You About the Film
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Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass Are Great in 'The One I Love' And That's All I Can Tell You About the Film

By Dustin Rowles | Film Reviews | August 7, 2014 | Comments ()


The One I Love stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. They play a married couple, but their marriage is troubled. They seek the assistance of a marriage counselor, played by Ted Danson, who recommends a weekend retreat in a cottage where he frequently sends couples. It has very good results.

That is all I can tell you about the plot of The One I Love, because all the ensuing revelations in the film should be experienced rather than described. I will only say that it’s a film about identity, and about who we are, and how others perceive us, and how we perceive ourselves, and all the gaps between perceptions and realities.

That’s all I will say, except knowing that there is a twist you don’t want to have spoiled is maybe the best way to sell the film. In fact, after Screencrush’s interview with Mark Duplass — in which Mike Ryan was forbidden from talking about the movie or the twist — I immediately downloaded it on iTunes, where you can rent it (for $10) or own it (for $15) ahead of its theatrical release.

I wanted to know what the twist was, damnit.

It was worth the $15 to own it, although I am sure there are places online where you can have it spoiled for you for free. Your loss.

Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are terrific in it. It’s a very clever film. It’s both engaging, amusing, and at times a little annoying. It’s the first feature film from both screenwriter Justin Lader and director and Charlie McDowell, and Charlie Kaufman would be proud of them both.

It’s on VOD and ITunes now. I will say no more.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • ERM 275

    I'm pretty sure this movie got spoiled for me when I read the comments on your last post about it and someone "guessed" the twist. Boo.

  • Bedewcrock

    You guess the twist (or it's revealed) very quickly but it in no way spoils the performances. We rented it last night and loved it.

  • Alex Smith

    The movie reviewer on CBS Sunday Morning gave away the WHOLE plot of the story and ruined it for me, I am still pissed.

  • Target_Blonde

    Here's the trailer for those that are interested.

    After watching, I am TOTALLY interested.


  • pajiba

    Oh wow! That IS a good ad, and it manages not to give anything away.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    psst: is that the one one of your brilliant staffers posted a few weeks ago?


  • pajiba

    How about that. I have zero recollection of that.

    Kids, man. They will tear a hole in your brain.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm a little disappointed there's no pointy beard on your avatar for this reply.

  • Target_Blonde

    He even commented on it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    The comment was from alternate universe Dustin.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ooooh, goodie. I've got a date tonight. We watched Primer for date 1, and went to see Edge of Tomorrow for date 2, so this might be an excellent entry in our flexible time/space continuum viewing.

  • Target_Blonde

    Man, if things don't work out between you guys, can *I* date you. Those sound like awesome dates!! :)

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It's going pretty nicely so far. He even apologized for mansplaining Primer. The fact that he knew and used the phrase "mansplain" was enough to forgive the deed.

  • emmalita

    High five! I hope things continue to go well.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Thanks! We didn't end up watching the movie last night, but did have a great evening.

  • logan

    "it’s a film about identity, and about who
    we are, and how others perceive us, and how we perceive ourselves, and
    all the gaps between perceptions and realities."

    So nothing gets blowed up?

  • NateMan

    Maybe not but it sounds like a shitload of pot gets smoked.

  • logan

    Speaking of a shitload of pot! Yesterday the cops found 15,000 pot plants about an hours drive from me! It was being grown on state land. How much would that have been worth?
    Sorry totally off topic but your comment just triggered me. : )

  • Uriah_Creep

    Nancy Botwin is back!

  • lowercase_ryan

    It'd be worth an hours drive, I can tell you that much.

  • NateMan

    Dammit! Why can't I ever stumble across that sort of thing??

  • Elisabeth Forsythe

    My husband and I watched this last weekend--both Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass are amazing. I need to find a forum of people who actually watched it so I can speculate about the ending!

  • jmombo

    I just watched last night and I find it concerning I can't find any posts about this movie on my regular sites, besides here of course. Naturally, though, this be a spoiler free thread so I'm just shit outta luck for the time being.

  • Elisabeth Forsythe

    I know! I want to speculate about the ending!

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