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One Week (2008)

Joshua Jackson , Michael McGowan  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joshua Jackson
  • Directors: Michael McGowan
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GSVX9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A terminal diagnosis leads to a journey of self-discovery in this "moving, tremendously involving" (David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews) road comedy from writer-director Michael McGowan. Joshua Jackson gives a charming performance as Ben, an aimless young schoolteacher who learns he has cancer a few weeks before his marriage to Samantha (Liane Balaban). The fortuitous intervention of a used motorcycle and a Tim Hortons coffee cup advising him "Go west, young man," inspires him to set off across Canada, from Toronto to British Columbia, in search of . . . well, Ben isn't sure. But the characters and sights he encounters along the way -- a cancer survivor who offers marijuana and marital advice; a beautiful folk singer (Emm Gryner); the Stanley Cup; and the majestic beauty of the Canadian countryside -- make for an experience in "which you can never feel more alive." (Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies).

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking up in the Canadian Ethos June 26, 2010
Format:DVD
Ben Tyler discovers at the beginning of the film that he has a short time to live and despite the urgings of his fiancee and family to enter treatment immediately, he heads out on the road on a motorcycle. He takes photos of himself at man-made and natural landmarks, he meets people along the way who give him insights such as "if you need to ask if you are really in love, you aren't," and "I work the ranch without making enough money because there are other kinds of payments."

The other kinds of payments are hard to put into words. Things like being in contact with the wide open beauty of the land, or surfing, or enjoying the company of others.

It is a complex film that captures the feeling of settling for second best, of believing what people tell you about yourself, and then discovering they were wrong.

As a Canadian I identified strongly with Ben's journey. He has a romantic core, wants to instill some passion in his bored students -- but fails; he is unassuming and undemanding and states that if he could read the paper and drink coffee with his fiancee at their favorite coffee shop for the rest of his life, that would be enough; and Ben's journey is realistic -- the most danger he encounters is getting drowsy and skidding out of control on a squashed skunk. He wakes in the ditch with nothing broken and tries to dance and celebrate, but that is not his style. He is uncomfortable with too much outward exuberance. The real story is going on inside.

Ben is perhaps not a typical Canadian, but he is "my" kind of Canadian, and so I was cheering for him - quietly, in my head, while I sipped tea and though of having a Tim Horton's donut.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, decent Blu June 26, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I am not Canadian, nor is my store in Canada, but I still thought this was a great Canadian travel film. This was one of the more realistic cancer films I have seen in a bit, and (I feel) not worthy of the hate club that campaigns against it.

Simply put, it is a film about a man who travels across his country after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Like other good travel films, we see a sampling of the beautiful country that Canada has to offer, we encounter every-day personalities of people along the way and we learn a few lessons about ourselves and what life might be about. The difference here is that we get a insightful narration by Campbell Scott (most recognized of late with his role in Phoebe in Wonderland), which in itself provided some nice laugh-out-loud moments.

I laughed at unexpected moments, saw some incredible Canadian scenery, and did not feel anything was contrived or cardboard (as most complainants have stipulated). The special features give this four-star film a five. The low-def "Making-of" contained just the right amount of logistical material on production, the commentary and interviews provide plenty of information for the followers and the remaining HD gallery, after party and trailer add just the right amount of extras to show the fun side of this film.

The Blu quality is slightly better than the DVD, but there is still plenty of grain and and (very minute) random artifact. The grandiose panoramas could have been a bit clearer, the DTS was never fully utilized, even with the plethora of songs, but the presentation was still adequate. Not a reference Blu, but the film and special features make this a higher rating.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, peaceful, enjoyable film. April 4, 2011
By Mike
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This was a great movie to stumble onto, thanks to Amazon's free Prime streaming. It's a great, scenic, peaceful, thought-provoking movie with good acting from the main character. And a nice motorcycle, to boot!

I found it well-written, with very little cruft, and without being overly dramatic. There is some great, understated humor - altogether, it strikes me as a very Canadian film :)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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A Canadian sleeper, "One Week" is a small, quiet, and thoughtful little film that I think will be a pleasant surprise to most. A rather lightweight movie about mortality and making the most out of what we're given--the film, which might have been insufferably maudlin, is played for mostly comic affect. It's an interesting, and mostly effective, choice because it is the tone of "One Week" which makes it stand out. So low key and understated, at times, as to barely register--the piece eschews traditional big dramatic moments for a quirky introspection provided in a silky narrative by Campbell Scott. At times, the film veers into overly precious territory and I'm not sure that it doesn't want to be a comic fable. I think, however, it is more successful as an unassuming character piece as opposed to a hokey allegory.

Joshua Jackson plays a young teacher who is diagnosed with a Stage 4 cancer. With such a bleak prognosis, Jackson wants to reconnect with life before assuming the role of a patient. Leaving his family and fiancee, Jackson embarks on a motorcycle adventure across Canada. Along the way, as you might expect, Jackson learns how to live again--to embrace the side of him which had been relegated to the past in pursuit of adult responsibilities. The trip is filled with colorful and wise locals, ridiculous tourist traps, and mildly amusing scenarios that all help to identify what Jackson holds precious. As if that weren't enough, the Scott narrative observes the action and provides either a gently humorous punchline or an example of how a brief occurrence has lifelong repercussions. I love Scott--but it is in this voice-over that "One Week" becomes slightly strained and contrived.

The film is, also, a lovely tribute to the Canadian landscape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am sucker for any movie that involves motorcycles
Makes you think about what you would do in the same circumstance. Main character is very likable and you feel for his challenges and decisions. Read more
Published 5 days ago by DLW
5.0 out of 5 stars very very good movie; highly recommend for anyone, bikers included!
Excellent flic! acting is good, storyline is great, scenery awesome...
glad I bought it!
Recommend to anyone who likes good scenery, dry humor, & a great story line....
Published 13 days ago by Jeff Kelling
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of my favorite movies of all time.
Absolutely one of my favorite movies of all time. Joshua Jackson delivers brilliantly. Beautifully writen story that is engaging and reflective and the music is wonderful. Read more
Published 18 days ago by David Kervinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Narrated movie
Has a similar feel to the 'It's a Wonderful Life' movie, but without Divine visuals. Narration thru out the movie.
Published 20 days ago by Virginia V.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great movie. Boring.
It was a slow movie and not very interesting. I did not even finish the movie since I felt like I was wasting my time!
Published 1 month ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy find!
Ran across this movie a few years ago on independent television. Found it poignant and thoughtful. Just wanted to add it to my collection and the musical score is awesome!
Published 1 month ago by Karen Leishman
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it very much. It would be a nice way to go.
Liked it from beginning to end. Casual way to meet a life ending disease. would watch it again. Nice scenery thru out.
Published 1 month ago by vito l manzella
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL THOUGHT OUT WELL WRITTEN MOVING REALISTIC FUNNY SAD INSPIRATIONAL
GOOD WRITING GOOD PRODUCING GREAT SCENERY FUNNY, MOVING, REALISTIC, SAD, MOTIVATIONAL, LOVE/ACTION/REALISTIC/THOUGHT PROVOKING. I WOULD RENT IT. I WILL WATCH IT AGAIN.
Published 1 month ago by Connie DiCola
3.0 out of 5 stars recycled
Ok movie, but very recycled feeling. What would you do if you had one week. Depends on where you are in your life
Published 1 month ago by S003
5.0 out of 5 stars was he on a path to suicide at the end when he paddled out beyond land...
On the surfboard, the girlfriend left him and he did not want to return for treatment. He had just lost the trusted motorcycle to a careless and callous truck driver and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert b. scharf
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