Writer: Glenn German, Adam Rodgers (Screenplay)
Starring: Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Nicholas Braun, Tom Skerritt
Plot: Two parents fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children’s college tour.
Tagline – You never know what you’ll discover on your first day at college.
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Charming Drama
Story: Just One Day starts as we meet father George (Garcia) who is taking his son Conrad (Lofranco) to Middleton and mother Edith (Vera Farmiga) who is taking her daughter Audrey (Taissa Farmiga) on the tour too. Starting off clashing over little things, soon George and Edith spend the day touring the campus together as they both must deal with the parenting issues they are facing with their children’s choice in college.
As the day goes by George and Edith get to show their personal frustrations as they see what they could have had, while their children start learning about what they will be stepping into when going to college.
Thoughts on Just One Day
Characters – George Hartman is a surgeon that is taking his ambitious son on a college tour, he tries to come off tidy and organised, but it is Edith that helps him open up and express himself. Edith is taking her daughter on the tour, she comes off strong minded, but after spending time with George, we start to see how she really feels about her life. Audrey is the daughter of Edith, she only wants to go to Middleton even though she is attached to her phone most of the time, even though she is piling on the pressure at a way too early age. We also have Conrad who is George’s son that wants to make his own decision on where to attend college, he does try to help Audrey with her decisions on this day.
Performances – Andy Garcia isn’t an actor you would know for romantic comedies, but here he nails it perfectly, giving us a likeable character with his own troubles. Vera Farmiga is great to in her leading role and between the two they have great chemistry. Taissa Farmiga is good too showing us just how obsessed parents can become when heading to college.
Story – The story follows just one day in the life of to adults who are about to send their children to college, we see how important this day is for the children and how the parents can see a moment of freedom away from responsibility, but also see where things could have gone to make them happy. This story is sweet when it needs to be, serious when it needs to be, but never sticking to just one, showing us just how to reflect life on the viewer who can connect with any of the four main characters.
Romantic/Comedy – The romantic and comedy genres do mix together nicely, we have two maybe romantic storylines, one between two married people and one between two potential students, the comedy comes into the film as we see how things go through the day, it isn’t laugh out loud funny, but funny that will leave a smile on your face.
Settings – The whole film is set on the college campus, this helps the one day feel to the story and shows how big of a step college is for any teenager about to make it to the world.
Final Thoughts – This is a film that came out of nowhere for me, I couldn’t help but love how sweet it felt, even if I couldn’t connect with the college tour idea, it shows how certain moments show you something in life that will change how you see it.
Overall: Charming and sweet from start to finish.