The hardest act to follow is your father’s.
Playing a pair of maddening, hard-to-like characters, Christopher Walken and Amber Heard bring a prickly charge to One More Time, a low-key music-biz comedy-drama about a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship.
Walken’s much-married Sinatra-style crooner, Paul Lombard, is such a self-absorbed windbag that it’s hardly a surprise that Heard’s post-punk wannabe Jude, his eldest daughter, is so mixed up. A self-loathing slacker, she sings jingles for a living, sleeps with inappropriate men and sabotages her career at every opportunity.
They reunite at Paul’s luxury house in the Hamptons, where she resumes her bristling sibling rivalry with her successful straight-arrow sister (Kelli Garner) while he spends his time spinning anecdotes, editing his Wikipedia page and planning a comeback.
Writer-director Robert Edwards’ movie probably won’t grab you right away. But its well-observed characters slowly work their way under your skin if you give them a chance. And it’s worth hanging around for the droll montage of album covers that plays over the closing credits and chronicles Paul’s hit-and-miss efforts to surf a series of musical waves throughout his career from swing to psychedelic, reggae to rap.
Certificate 15. Runtime 97 mins. Director Robert Edwards
One More Time (aka When I Live My Life Over Again) debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 1 February. Available on DVD & Digital from Starz/Anchor Bay.