Christopher Walken began his career as a Broadway chorus boy? TrustMovies didn't realize this until much after the fact, even though he actually saw Walken in the Noel Coward/Bea Lillie musical High Spirits back in 1964. Now, here the guy is again, singing (but not dancing) in the smartly written and relatively entertaining dysfunctional family film, ONE MORE TIME, from writer/director Robert Edwards. As usual, Mr. Walken has "got it," singing as well as he acts and fitting perfectly into the excellent ensemble Edwards has created.
Amber Heard, below, left) leaves her bedmate suddenly and to his mild consternation, to the following scene at a music studio and then to those that take place in the Hamptons, providing us with the family that seems to grow more dysfunctional scene by scene, Mr. Edwards embeds his necessary exposition very lightly and cleverly, while letting quiet little zingers fly.
Ann Magnuson), Jude's sister Corinne (Kelli Garner), Jude's brother-in-law and ex-bedmate, Tim (Hamish Linklater), and he and Corinne's eight-year-old son, David (the thankfully un-cute Henry Kelemen).
Oliver Platt, also a one-time bedmate of Jude (the girl gets around, and usually to not very appropriate places). Feelings emerge and are put back into storage, small events occur, and just maybe a little change is in store by film's end. Edwards never pushes too hard; his cast proves first-rate; and there is some pleasant music along the way: one pretty good song from Paul (his comeback, he hopes) and a couple of nice ones via Jude.
Starz Digital and running 97 minutes, One More Time (a very tired title, need we say) opens tomorrow, Friday, April 8, in New York City at the AMC Empire 25 and in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 and Music Hall 3. Simultaneously with its limited theatrical release, the movie will also be available via VOD.