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One More Time Netflix Review: Let’s go back to the Y2K era

One More Time Netflix Review – Life is what you make of it, life is what you believe. Sometimes in life it happens that you make certain mistakes in the past, which you regret making. There is no going back to correct said mistakes, and oftentimes there is no resolution for it either. Second chances are but rare and one should grab them when they get these second chances. The story we’ll be looking at today is one such story of a 40-year-old woman named Amelia who gets to go back to her 18th birthday and correct the wrongs in her past. ‘One More Time’ is a Swedish fantasy comedy which was released on Netflix on April 21, 2023. 

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One More Time 2023 Movie Review and Summary

The movie starts with our protagonist, Amelia (played by Hedda Stiernstedt), at her job and talking to her colleague. It is her birthday on that day and she gets fired on the same day. Dejected at the turn of events, especially on her birthday, Amelia heads out of the store she worked at and goes into a bar. As she is drowning her misery in alcohol her former friend Fiona (played by Tove Edfeldt) drops by the bar to pick up a few pizzas for a birthday party. The birthday party is none other than Fiona’s.

Amelia and Fiona share their birthdays, and were tight friends once. But eventually the two grew apart in high school, never to get back to being friends. Many words are unsaid between the two and their encounter is anything but awkward. Amelia is reminded of the time capsule that she and Fiona had put with some letters and knickknacks to open on their 18th birthday. Fiona heads out to dig the time capsule out. 

One More Time Netflix Review
A still from ‘One More Time‘ on Netflix. Credits: Netflix

As fate would have it, a gust of wind knocks Fiona’s letter from the time capsule out of Amelia’s hands. As Amelia is running after it, she is knocked unconscious by a truck. When she wakes up, she wakes up on her 18th birthday. At first, she is unsure of her surroundings, but soon she realizes that she has gone into the past and is reliving her 18th birthday over and over. She tries to make things right, and works out all the chinks, but no matter what she does, she is unable to go back to her present.

When she eventually does go back to her present, it is because she figured out that the person she hurt the most was Fiona, who was her dearest friend once but Amelia completely ignored her once she (Amelia) befriended a few of the ‘cool’ kids in their high school. 

Back in the present, Amelia wakes up in her disheveled avatar and heads to meet Fiona at her birthday party. She also meets with Max, her ex-boyfriend from high school whose truck hit her in the present. Slight hilarity ensues as Amelia is embarrassed by her approach, but the two long lost friends soon talk things over and reunite. 

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One More Time Netflix Review

If you’re looking to go back to the Y2K nostalgia, then ‘One More Time’ is a good choice. The movie, despite being set in Sweden, shows how the teenage fashion and lifestyle across the globe was similar. There were over the top bling clothing and accessories, a rambunctious splash of neon, and of course the classic goth and grunge. The high school system was pretty much the same as well, with the students divided between the ‘cool’ kids, the ‘drama club’ kids and the ‘nerds’. It transports the viewers, especially those who lived in the original Y2K times, back to their pasts. There are less modern movies these days which actually have such an apt representation of the classic Y2K lifestyle. 

Apart from its colorful nostalgia, the movie does hold a message for its viewers. It is all about getting the second chance to repair a broken relationship. The love between the two friends was deep until one of them faded away into a new world. But despite Amelia’s distancing, Fiona did not stop loving her. Fiona, as we know, is a lesbian character. The hints for the same were dropped from the beginning, and it was only until Amelia checks Fiona’s letter that she realized what she had really lost. Amelia’s sexual identity is not fully established in the movie, but it won’t be wrong to say that there is more than just a platonic love between the two close knit friends. The movie’s makers makes use of close frame shots to see the character’s emotions clearly in the scene. There are certain shots which are taken from afar but that is only to show the landscape the story is set in.

‘One More Time’ is a movie that you can watch over a chill weekend or perhaps on a rather boring weekday. You will get to listen to a few global hit tracks from back in the day, and who knows, perhaps also find your second chance to reconnect with an old friend or an old flame?

JAL gives ‘One More Time’ a solid 3.5 out of 5 for its story and execution. 

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Nandini Iyengar
Nandini Iyengar
A writer and translator by profession, Nandini is also known for using a lot of pun.

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