2009-10-02 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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'My One And Only' - Husband Hunting
By Robert Snyder

Lounge lizard-actor George Hamilton has actually produced something impressive besides a perpetual tan. It's "My One and Only."

The Renée Zellweger vehicle is executive produced by Hamilton and is based on his early days as a troubled youth in a 1950's dysfunctional family. Under the able direction of Richard Loncraine, the film is a series of vignettes, chronicling George's flamboyant Blanche DuBois mother, Ann Devereaux (Zellwegger), on a summer odyssey as she crisscrosses America in a baby blue Cadillac Coupe de Ville looking for a new husband. In tow are her two teenage sons, the aforementioned George (Logan Lerman) and the effeminate Robbie (Mark Rendell). The catalyst for her search is the discovery of her society bandleader husband, Dan Devereaux (Kevin Bacon), in their bed with a bimbo. Dashing Dan, whose real last name is Hamilton, was never one to be faithful, but this is the final straw for Ann.

A bit too confident in her man-catching ability, Ann first dines with former beau Wallace (Steven Weber) in Boston, only to find he's broke. After fleecing her pocketbook while she powders her nose in the lady's room, Wallace runs off.

Then, it is into the arms of macho Army doctor Harlan (Chris Noth), who insults her sons and shows a near-psychotic anti-Communist side. Pittsburgh is the next former suitor site where rich Charlie (Eric McCormack) makes her feel over-the-hill when she sees him courting a girl almost as young as her sons. The resulting dip into depression leads to an arrest for solicitation by a hotel detective.

A few road-trip adventures later, Ann and the boys land desperate and penniless in the St. Louis home of her envious sister Hope, (Robin Weigert). George longs to be with his father or, at least, in a New York City prep school. However, they all end up in Hollywood working in the movie business, with George becoming the "George Hamilton" we know and love.

"My One and Only" may sound as light-weight as the celebrity on whose life it's based. But, poignancy and fine performances give the film a depth that somehow seems to evade the acting career of "the Tan One."

As the late great comedian Steve Allen once said,

"Sometimes beneath all the phony tinsel, there's real tinsel." Problems?

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