One More Time
Directed by Robert Edwards
Beautiful aspiring rock star Jude is stuck in a rut - relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one night stands. When she is evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she is forced to move into the Hamptons home of her wealthy - and selfish - father Paul Lombard, an over-the-hill, Sinatra-esque crooner angling for a musical comeback.
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★★★½ review by loureviews on Letterboxd
We know Christopher Walken can dance (remember that Fatboy Slim video?) but this film lets him sing too, as arrogant and self-absorbed Paul Lombard, a crooner whose career is very much in the past and yet he hopes for a renaissance with a comeback single, When I Live My Life Over Again.
Amber Heard is slightly annoying as the daughter who is forced to move back home and reconnect with Daddy, but this is Walken's show, and a grand old age part for him.
This is getting a slightly higher score due to sentimentality - I've always liked Walken and I like these kind of plots - but it is a decent enough film of its kind.
★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
Robert Edwards' screenplay can get uneven at points, but even in spite of that, When I Live My Life Over Again (I refuse to call it One More Time) makes for a well-paced, breezy, enjoyable indie drama with terrific lead performances from Christopher Walken and Amber Heard.
★★★★½ review by J.P. Vitale on Letterboxd
"I'll be dead soon"
- Paul (Christopher Walken)
This was a pretty solid little dysfunctional show business family dramedy in the style of "Rikki and the Flash".
Walken is great as a Pat Boone-style crooner trying to make a comeback.
I loved the bickering between his family which includes Amber Heard (Johnny Depp's wife!) and Kellie Garner as his adult daughters and the legendary Ann Magnusson as their "evil" stepmother.
Really liked this a lot. A solid film.
★★★½ review by spinksc on Letterboxd
This one was surprisingly good. Kind of a tired story that pulled through with Walken's classic individuality and a surprising depth from Amber Heard. Quite enjoyable.
★★★½ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd
I’d love this film’s distributor to sit me down and explain why they changed its title from the perfectly acceptable 'When I Live My Life Over Again' to the most generic moniker of all time, but no matter; the film itself is a slight but enjoyable familial comedy/drama, with Walken marvelous as an aging Sinatra-style crooner and Heard holding her own as his proto-punk daughter. They’re an unexpectedly effective combination, as actors and singers, and both elements inform the storytelling – in one scene, they sing a lovely duet that he gradually takes over, and it sort of tells us everything about both of them. The exasperation and rawness of their interactions are grounded and believable, and if the script never quite gets to a noteworthy destination, at least writer/director Edwards avoids the “triumphant collaboration” happy ending the story seems destined for. In the meantime, it’s full of wonderful supporting turns and keenly observed scenes (like a family dinner that’s a cacophony of simultaneous arguments and pronouncements) — modest, but alive.
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