If you have loved, you have lost. Maybe that's why we are drawn to those "ships passing in the night" romances like the one at the core of "One Day."

If you have loved, you have lost.

Maybe that's why we are drawn to those "ships passing in the night" romances like the one at the core of "One Day." It's that reinforcement that if it's meant to be, it will happen. Eventually.

Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be for "One Day" and me. It tries an intriguing twist on the formula, but the results don't spark.

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on July 15, 1988, the day of their graduation from a British university. The confident Dexter and bookish Emma seem like an unlikely pairing, but unlikely pairings are what college is all about. They spend the evening together.

We visit the pair on this same date for the next 20 years. Sometimes they are together. Sometimes they aren't. But we're meant to feel a connection, even when there is distance.

I'm admittedly a sucker for this sort of film, but the narrative structure was a source of more frustration than it was worth.

We miss key moments in these lives. The chemistry and the longing that is key to the tale doesn't develop in front of us.

Neither lead actor really delivers. Hathaway is a fine actress, but she's been better. The pained and wavering English accent doesn't help.

Sturgess is saddled with a self-destructive character, but I wanted more subtlety than he musters.

There are certainly moments that will bring out the Kleenex in the audience. But the staggered structure and other misfires make it a date you can probably skip.