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One More Time DVD Review

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Theatrical Release: April 8, 2016 / Running Time: 97 Minutes / Rating: Not Rated

Writer/Director: Robert Edwards

Cast: Christopher Walken (Paul Lombard), Amber Heard (Jude Lippman), Kelli Garner (Corrine Lombard-Sanderson), Hamish Linklater (Tim Lombard-Sanderson), Ann Magnuson (Lucille), Henry Kelemen (David Lombard-Sanderson), Oliver Platt (Alan Sternberg)

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Johnny Depp recently had the misfortune of his high-profile, high-stakes divorce occurring at the same time that his big budget sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass opened to poor reviews and diminished ticket sales. The other party in that divorce, Amber Heard, meanwhile,
has her drama One More Time reach DVD this week, at a time when she is getting more news coverage than ever before.

It seems unlikely that One More Time will be either helped or harmed by the timing. This independent film barely made it to theaters in April, a year after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. It doesn't even get a Blu-ray edition from Anchor Bay Entertainment, whose parent company Starz handled the extremely limited big screen distribution.

Heard plays Jude Lippman, the pink-haired, 31-year-old daughter of accomplished crooner Paul Lombard (Christopher Walken, first by billing but a distant second by screentime). Jude, whose adopted name attracts "Hey Jude" references and jokes, has inherited some of her father's talent, but none of his success. She records radio station jingles, her punk band Pussyfart having disbanded. Jude's personal life isn't much better, consisting of one-night stands and an affair with her married therapist.

Jude (Amber Heard) and Paul (Christopher Walken) sing a father-daughter duet just like Frank and Nancy Sinatra in "One More Time."

About to be homeless, Jude moves into Paul's mansion in the Hamptons, where her sister Corrine (Kelli Garner), Corrine's husband Tim (Hamish Linklater), and their 8-year-old son (Henry Kelemen) frequently visit.

The old wounds between Paul and Jude beget tension, just as the aging singer is about to unveil a new single he wrote, a tune he claims will be the beginning of his next act. While Tim, Jude's ex, tries to get her to develop her singing at open mic nights, Paul's days are filled with old jokes, St. Thomas Aquinas quotes, updates on lawsuits from his manager (Oliver Platt), editing his own Wikipedia page, and winter "golf" (yet another affair for the oft-divorced womanizer).

Paul believes he was born too late and would have flourished even more than he did had he been a contemporary of Sinatra and Dean Martin. Jude, whose birth name is Starshadow, assures him he remains relevant as a source of make-out music. And the new single renews interest in the old singer, even earning him a chance to open for The Flaming Lips at the Suffolk Theater.

Told she's squandering her talent, Jude (Amber Heard) sings an original song at an open mic night.

One More Time -- whose working title, When I Live My Life Over Again (also the title of Paul's new single), was changed after Tribeca -- is the second narrative feature written and directed by Robert Edwards. The first, Land of the Blind starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, came ten years ago. Edwards has clear talent at writing human characters and situations. He also seems to be a disciple of Robert Altman, having characters repeatedly talking over and in between one another.

There are interesting ideas here, but they don't fully come together to satisfaction. Some viewers might be glad just to see Walken sing songs
like Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid." Heard appears to be dubbed, though the end credits, which are illustrated with album covers utilizing Walken photos from over the years, indicate otherwise.

Heard has stood out as one of the more appealing actresses of her generation, but for nearly a decade she's consistently fallen just short of movie stardom and consistent critical recognition. Now, unfortunately she seems likely to be better known for being Johnny Depp's ex-wife, her reputation as either abuse victim or gold digger still to be sorted out. She gives a good performance here in a movie that few will see, holding her own with Walken, who has for a while been okay making movies that go essentially direct-to-video alongside some that people will pay to see in theaters.

Though not rated, One More Time would definitely have garnered an R for some language and a short, distant, unseen sex scene.

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2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired, Spanish
Not Closed Captioned
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Suggested Retail Price: $22.98
Single-sided, single-layered disc (DVD-5)
Black Eco-Friendly Keepcase
Also available on Amazon Instant Video

VIDEO and AUDIO

One More Time boasts adequate A/V on DVD. The 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound both warrant no complaint, but even untroubled standard definition doesn't exactly wow in 2016.

A large Christopher Walken watches pink-haired Amber Heard play piano on the simple "One More Time" DVD main menu.

BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGN

One More Time's DVD is completely barebones, not even holding trailers for other Anchor Bay releases.

Adapted from the poster art recycled for the cover, the few menus are static, silent, and simple. No inserts accompany the plain silver disc in the black eco-friendly keepcase.

Hamish Linklater and Kelli Garner have the movie's third and fourth biggest roles as Jude's ex-boyfriend/brother-in-law and sister, respectively.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

One More Time is easy to invest in and not something you'd regret seeing. I can't really recommend it any more strongly than that, unless you're a big Amber Heard fan or would love to see and hear Christopher Walken sing.

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Reviewed June 10, 2016.



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