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The One I Love mixes humor and drama, but feels repetitive, starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.
In Charlie McDowell’s feature debut, Sophie (Moss) and Ethan (Duplass) are a couple on the verge of separating, so their therapist (Ted Danson) sends them to a vacation home to find their better selves, literally. Inside the property's guest house, ideal versions of both Ethan and Sophie are waiting.
The film drags on a bit, as Ethan and Sophie spend most of it taking turns visiting the doppelgangers. Each time, we learn a little about the dupes’ nature, but not much. Answers come, but they are found too easily.
The film has redeeming qualities, offering witty dialogue and engaging performances by Duplass and Moss. It also has some heart and may get you thinking about what’s really important in a relationship.
Overall: The One I Love brings laughs and originality, but its monotonous personality earns it a C among its peers.
McDowell is the director of numerous short films and author of Dear Girls Above Me, based on his popular Twitter feed.