One Chance (2013) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

One Chance (2013)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild coarse language, violence and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Multiple attempts.

  • Starring:

    James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook, Jemima Rooper, Valeria Bilello, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan

  • Directed by:

    David Frankel

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are teased, bullied, pursued, slapped, punched, kicked, hit with objects, thrown against a wall, hit by a car, wrestled, threatened. Attempted theft, arguing, stern voices. Cuban Missile Crisis, Pol Pot, Robert Mugabe mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody mouth, chipped tooth, cuts on face, scar. Fractured clavicle mentioned.


    References to sexual activity, virginity, prostitution. Kissing, bum-grabbing. Shirtless man, man in underwear, woman in lingerie. Pornography, conception mentioned. Image on jacket of woman wearing skimpy clothing.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne). Bar settings. Taking prescription medication mentioned.


    Partial f-word, s-words, a-words, bugger. Slang for bodily functions, slang for genitalia. Name-calling, teasing, bullying, mocking behaviour. Derogatory term for homosexuals. Overweight references. Gender, weight, tourist stereotypes. Religious exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.


    Paul Potts, Britain's Got Talent, opera, singing, auditions, success, rejection, failure, marriage, family, ambition, meeting the parents, customer service, pride, fame, confidence, underdogs.


    Church settings. Relationship breakup, marriage proposal rejection. People collapse, cower in pain. People on stretchers, breathing tubes, bandages, brace, appendectomy, thyroid tumour, shattered collarbone, broken ribs, fractured pelvis. Cancelling wedding, chopping one's head off, torture, mentioned (song lyrics). Fatal heart attack mentioned. Dogs, seagulls. Spitting, sparks. Sausage eaten. Some Italian language (partially subtitled). Based on a true story.


    Sweet, inspirational, crowd-pleasing, irresistible, fun, heartwarming, touching, charming, funny. Winning performances, relatable characters, uplifting story, gorgeous soundtrack, convincing lip-synch work from James Corden.


    Formulaic, fluffy, perfunctory, episodic, over-fictionalised, treacly, thin. Shopworn comedy, contrived script.

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