Those who found the cutesy animated titles the the weakest part of director Lone Scherfig's last film, the Oscar-nominated charmer An Education
, will find themselves irritated again 20 times over by her latest, One Day
. As the film checks on its characters over each July 15 for 20 years, the date appears in dainty cursive font that floats, blows away, and at one point pops up in a toaster with the toast. It's typical of the twee tone that undercuts its story's potential. More problematic is that Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dex (Jim Sturgess) never seem like soulmates, and there's rarely a sense that they share things with one another that they don't with other people. Much of the supporting cast is likewise given little beyond caricatures to work with, though Patricia Clarkson does her damnedest as Dex's dying mother, and Rafe Spall and Romola Garai (currently starring in BBC America's The Hour
) manage to convey some sense of soul behind the love interests standing in the way of Emma and Dex's destiny.