Although romantic dramas never seem to catch as much flack as their comedic counterparts, it’s hard to deny that in the wake of Nicholas Sparks the genre is just as creatively stagnant. Lone Scherfig managed to bring some spontaneity and freshness to it in An Education
, but her follow-up, One Day
, adopts every trick in the book in telling its tale of star-crossed lovers.
With a screenplay by David Nicholls, based on his book of the same name, One Day stars Anne Hathaway as Emma, a working-class bookworm who meets and almost sleeps with the handsome, spoiled Dexter (Jim Sturgess) the night they graduate from college -- July 15, 1988. The...