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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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

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.

A sweet and beautiful film with a wonderful performance by James Corden and the loveliest but equally awkward wedding night scene on film. A wonderful story that makes life seem a little more beautiful.

4.0

Sweet film

Like one of those paint by number kits you got as a kid. You know how it's going to turn out before you start and you're prepared to be underwhelmed, but, despite the numbers showing through the paint, it turns out to be a lovely piece of art.

4.0

Very good story

Really good story behind this movie. I liked it, was a good one to watch, not your normal movie at all I guess, but I think they did the story very well.

Billy Elliott - no dancing and better music!

Five of us saw “One Chance” today - one of those superb British feel-good stories, though in this case actually put together by the Wienstein brothers. The film is (very) loosely based on the life of Paul Potts, a young opera singer who won the first “Britain’s Got Talent” contest and went on to fame and fortune. “One Chance” was the title of his first...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

2.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

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.

Variety

Variety

press

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

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

2.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0

A sweet and beautiful film with a wonderful performance by James Corden and the loveliest but equally awkward wedding night scene on film. A wonderful story that makes life seem a little more beautiful.

4.0

Sweet film

Like one of those paint by number kits you got as a kid. You know how it's going to turn out before you start and you're prepared to be underwhelmed, but, despite the numbers showing through the paint, it turns out to be a lovely piece of art.

4.0

Very good story

Really good story behind this movie. I liked it, was a good one to watch, not your normal movie at all I guess, but I think they did the story very well.

Billy Elliott - no dancing and better music!

Five of us saw “One Chance” today - one of those superb British feel-good stories, though in this case actually put together by the Wienstein brothers. The film is (very) loosely based on the life of Paul Potts, a young opera singer who won the first “Britain’s Got Talent” contest and went on to fame and fortune. “One Chance” was the title of his first...

4.0