One Chance

One Chance

One Chance

Comedy-drama from the director of The Devil Wears Prada based on the meteoric rise of Britain's Got Talent winner, Welshman Paul Potts. The shy, Carphone Warehouse employee's audition bowled over Simon Cowell, became a YouTube sensation and lead to chart-topping albums. Stars comedian James Cordon (Gavin & Stacy) as Potts.

"One of four children born to a bus driver and a supermarket cashier, Paul (Corden) grows up in Bristol listening to his parents' opera records and discovering his vocal gift by singing in local choirs. He is also ruthlessly bullied, a devastating blow to his self-confidence alleviated only by his love of song. But song wasn't paying the bills, so Paul works as a mobile-phone salesman while performing in an amateur opera company. Though less than satisfying, life seems settled enough. Then Paul meets Julie-Ann (Alexandra Roach) on the internet. After a tentative courtship, the two fall deeply in love. Paul has almost everything a man could want, and yet he still seems to yearn. The tale of how Paul goes from unfulfilled everyman to media sensation is a testament to the human spirit and one of the most engaging true stories of our time." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2013Rating: PG, Violence, coarse language and sexual references103 minsUK
BiographyComedyDramaTrue Story & Biography

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One Chance / Reviews

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

You realise the pop culture machine must’ve gone a bit loopy now we’re making films about reality TV stars. But Welshman Paul Potts, the 2007 winner of Britain's Got Talent, is a surprisingly worthy subject. Whether Kiwis and opera fans care as much about him as European viewers is one thing but if not, they may miss out on enjoying a rather lovely underdog tale.

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Variety

Variety

What keeps One Chance plugging along almost in spite of itself are the warmly engaging performances of Corden and Alexandra Roach.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

The film is wonderful: uplifting, funny, tense and moving all at once.

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Total Film

Total Film

Potts does the singing himself, but that doesn’t stop Justin Zackham’s (The Big Wedding) contrived script from sounding bum notes throughout.

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Time Out

Time Out

The problem with the film is that Potts’s life story has been put through the Hollywood meatgrinder. Awkward details have been changed or erased – they’ve made Potts Welsh (he grew up in Bristol) and eliminated his siblings.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The movie is strongest is when it strips away the facts and focuses on the emotional notes.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A fluffy but fun telling of a rags to riches story.

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