One More Time parents guide

One More Time Parent Guide

You can have too much of a good thing.

Overall C

Netflix: Forty-year-old Amelia wishes to be 18 again, and soon regrets it after she keeps reliving her eighteenth birthday.

Release date April 21, 2023

Violence B
Sexual Content D
Profanity C
Substance Use D

Why is One More Time rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated One More Time TV-MA for language

Run Time: 85 minutes

Parent Movie Review

One More Time is a neither romantic nor comedic Swedish rom-com directed by Jonatan Etzler and starring Hedda Stiernstedt as Amelia. Amelia is deep in midlife crisis mode, getting fired from her dead-end job on her fortieth birthday. She is full of regrets on how she has wasted her life and profoundly wishes she was eighteen again so she can relive her glory days and make different life choices going forward. Accidentally running into her childhood best friend, Fiona (played as an adult by Tove Edfeldt and as a teen by Miriam Ingrid), doesn’t help matters. Fiona is now a famous and successful singer which only amplifies Amelia’s feelings of personal failure.

She gets snapped out of her funk in a very dramatic way when she is hit by a truck and knocked unconscious in an accident that would surely have killed anyone else. Amelia wakes up in her childhood bedroom with her loving and charming parents (Per Fritzell and Vanna Rosenberg) singing the Swedish version of “Happy Birthday” and putting a paper crown on her head. She goes through her day in a state of very mixed emotions, chiefly disbelief, culminating what she had always remembered as her epic eighteenth birthday party. The party consists of teens drinking heavily, throwing up, dancing, laughing, making out, and being mean to each other.

When Amelia wakes up again the next morning to her parents coming into her room singing, she begins to realize that she’s caught in a time loop of some kind. She tells Fiona what’s happening and Fiona invites her to watch the movie Groundhog Day. Amelia is then convinced that if she becomes a better person, she can break out of the loop, like Bill Murray’s character did in Groundhog Day. She spends the day trying to do everything good and right, but she still wakes to the sight of her parents and their earnest good wishes.

Almost all of the teens in One More Time are selfish, rude, superficial, and mean, including Amelia—at first. As she goes through the many variations of her eighteenth birthday, she does learn and grow and become a better person. And she does break out of the loop, but I’ll let you find out how for yourself.

I didn’t find this movie particularly funny or romantic, despite its categorization as “romantic comedy”. For me, the best thing about One More Time is its theme of friendship enduring despite years lost and despite human weakness.

Directed by Jonatan Etzler. Starring Hedda Stiernstedt, Evelyn Mok, Vanna Rosenberg. Running time: 85 minutes. Theatrical release April 21, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is One More Time rated TV-MA? One More Time is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language

Violence: A person is hit by a car and nearly killed.
Sexual Content: Teenagers frequently make out, with some detail.
Profanity: There are frequent uses of moderate profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: There are repeated scenes of teenagers drinking to excess and throwing up.

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One More Time Parents' Guide

If you could have a “do over” what part of your life would you like to change? What would you do differently? Did you see that option at the time or do you only see it after some life experience? Is there anything you can do now that would make some of the changes you would like to see?

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There are lots of movies to choose from in the “time loop” genre. The granddaddy of them all is Groundhog Day, starring the unforgettable Bill Murray. Other movies where characters are trapped in time include The Map of Tiny, Perfect Things, Just Another Christmas (and the almost identical A Not So Merry Christmas), and Long Story Short (and its cloned remake Still Time.)The raunchy and forgettable SeniorYear features a main character who wakes from a twenty year coma, determined to finish high school and go to prom.

Time also plays a critical role in romantic dramas The Lake House, Needle in a Timestack, and The Time Traveler’s Wife.