The One and Only (2002 film)

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The One and Only
Directed bySimon Cellan Jones
Written byPeter Flannery
Based onThe One and Only by Kim Fupz Aakeson and Susanne Bier
Produced byLeslee Udwin
StarringJustine Waddell
Richard Roxburgh
Jonathan Cake
Sharon Scurfield
CinematographyRemi Adefarasin
Edited byPia Di Ciaula
Music byGabriel Yared
Release date
  • 2002 (2002)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The One and Only is a 2002 British romantic comedy film directed by Simon Cellan Jones, and starring Richard Roxburgh, Justine Waddell and Sharon Scurfield. The film is a remake of Susanne Bier's 1999 Danish box-office hit Den Eneste Ene. Supported by the Newcastle City Council to promote a positive image of the city, the story was reset in Newcastle and Gateshead.


Two couples childless visit their doctor to discuss the matter. Stevie is married to Sonny, an Italian footballer who plays for Newcastle United, but who has succumbed to frequent injury. He is desperate for a child, and it soon emerges that Stevie has not really been trying. She is reluctant to become pregnant as she does not want to get fat. Jenny and Neil are trying to adopt, as Neil is infertile. Being childless has turned Jenny into something of a monster, and Neil now views her with dislike. He wants to break with her but is too kind-hearted. He goes ahead with the plan to adopt to keep her happy. When Stevie meets Neil on the day he comes to deliver her brand new kitchen, it is already too late for love at first sight. Too late for both of them. Stevie is already five minutes pregnant by her Italian footballer husband. And too late for Neil, too - his wife Jenny has already applied to adopt an African girl. But too late or otherwise, love at first sight is exactly what happens. How can Neil and Stevie get out of their mistaken marriages and into each other's arms?



Neil Smith of the BBC gave it 1 out of 5 and wrote: "A love letter to Newcastle that, if nothing else, will be remembered for some of the worst accents ever heard in a British picture."[1] Empire gave it 2 out of 5.[2]


  1. ^ "BBC - Films - review - the One and Only".
  2. ^ "The One and Only".

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