In theaters this week from writer/director Robert Edwards and Starz Digital is a musically dysfunctional family that go through it “One More Time.”
Jude (Amber Heard) is a young and talented singer/songwriter who has found work in commercials. Moving back to the Hamptons from Brooklyn to stay with her father Paul Lombard (Christopher Walken). Paul is a crooner singing songs from back in the day with a lady based following.
Jude’s sister Corinne (Kelli Garner) is the family over achiever which puts even more pressure on Jude to succeed in music and relationships. Of course having a narcissistic father who insists that the world revolves around him is just the nail on the head.
The only thing father and daughter do agree with is music but when Jude is trying to catch a break and Paul is coming down off his career — they both need to have a sit down and grow up.
Walken as Paul is just a smooth talking crooner who loves his life of a crooner. The problem is that spending his life on the circuit didn’t leave much time to cement a relationship with Jude. Wanting to live the big life and act like a 21 year old is what drives the family nuts. For Jude it is a conversation that needs his attention!
Heard as Jude is clearly upset with her life, relationships, having to move back home but even more than those three things — having to move back with her father. Spending a few days watching the dynamics, she sees not much has changed as father Paul still takes over everyone’s life with his needs and wants. Heard gives Jude the right sassiness and perfect amount of lip biting before the volcano explodes.
Other cast include: Hamish Linklater as Tim, Ann Magnuson as Lucille, Oliver Platt as Alan, Henry Kelemen as David, Sandra Berrios as Lourdes, and John Conlee as Josh.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “One More Time” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. First of all, anything with Christopher Walken in it is a must-see as this actor has paid his dues with fans and can pretty much do no wrong. Watching Walken and Heard together is pure magic, especially when they have their come-to-Jesus talk.
The chemistry really brings the story together and brings believability to a story of family dysfunction. If father-daughter relationships aren’t hard enough, this one is unusual in the sense that both are musically talented and want almost the same thing. I say almost because each want it in their own unique way.
The entire cast melds into this gorgeous story and each plays their role adding so much more dimension to a gorgeously made film. The film also features original songs that are performed by Walken and Heard and that, to me, is a brilliant move.
Writer/director Edwards is a Stanford University graduate from the Documentary Film Program. He won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for “Land of the Blind” with Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland in his directorial debut.
In the end — the hardest act to follow is your fathers!