Textbook teeth, gorgeous smile, perfectly coiffed, tan, fit and decent acting chops, George Hamilton had it all.
Rave reviews for now forgotten 1960s movies got Hamilton a Golden Globe and some important nominations.
Unfortunately, superstardom wasn’t in the cards.
No problem. Hamilton switched gears and became a professional pretty boy and celebrity. He didn’t take himself seriously so why should anyone else? He also did bombs such as Where the Boys Are, the Hank Williams biopic Your Cheatin’ Heart and Evel Knievel. They were followed by my two personal favorites — the campy Love at First Bite and Zorro, the Gay Blade.
Readers under 40 are saying, “George who and he’s famous for what?”
My One and Only is not so much about George as it is about his mom and their relationship and the unusual adventure that led to George becoming a star. Renee Zellweger plays Anne Devereaux, whose philandering band leader husband cheats on her one too many times. Still a real beauty, the ex-moneyed but pushing middle age Anne goes on the hunt for a wealthy new husband. Grabbing George and his brother, Anne visits several of her old stomping grounds thinking her connections will make it easy to replace the ex. Not so. The not so is what bonds mom and kids in unexpected and most delightful ways.
Keeping her character a smidgen under over-the-top, Zellweger gives the complicated, puzzling and single-minded Anne a unique spin that perfectly balances coy, manipulative user and desperation. The chemistry between Logan Lerman, who does George, and Zellweger is so good that you’d swear they really are mother and son. Kevin Bacon, Chris Noth, Nick Stahl, outstanding character actor David Hoechner (Thank You for Smoking) and Mark Rendall round out the cast.
While the target is the art house set and older adults, younger viewers are encouraged to give this a whirl.
It beats the horror schlock and the redo of the 1980 hit Fame that open on Friday.
Unlike Hamilton’s B-grade film efforts, this is A+ material thanks largely to Charlie Peters’ superb script, director Richard Loncraine’s sound storytelling and Zellweger’s performance.
Make My One and Only your one and only flick pick this week.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Friday, Sept. 25 at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.