Song One

January 23, 2015

Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn in SONG ONE.

Directed by: Kate Barker-Froyland

Written by: Kate Barker-Froyland

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield, Li Jun Li, Stefano Villabona

Rating: Unrated

Running Time: 88 minutes

Writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland’s SONG ONE is heart-felt and touching at times, but unfortunately the film doesn’t quite work on several levels. There are a couple of scenes that are superfluous (one that took up way too much time for a film that is only 88 minutes). Johnny Flynn, who plays Ann Hathaway’s love interest, has a wonderful singing voice and belts out some good country tunes, but has a very limited acting range. The relationship between Hathaway and Flynn seems contrived. Mary Steenburgen, who plays Hathaway’s mom, serves no purpose. But the biggest problem is that Hathaway is limited to singing just one song and only sections of another. We all know that she has a great voice–let her sing!

Grade: C-

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