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one-note

Lacking in variety; tedious or boring. How can you read those one-note books? They're so dull that they put me to sleep! When I need a new perfume, I look for a complex fragrance, not something that's just one-note.
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Hansen said the Welsh were no longer a one-note team which played best in the mud.
Though the characters never rise far above their one-note stereotypes, a twist at the end and a hint that the past may pose yet more problems for the Clarks save the story from a pat ending and give it a stronger message.
Rockwell loved Dickens, and is Dickensian in his eye for detail and his affection for one-note comic characters, but Dickens could not have written, as Rockwell did, of producing works "that didn't disturb anybody, that I knew everyone would understand and like.
But there's cause for concern about the one-note rag that runs through most of her works: the viewpoint of woman as victim.
Give 'Em What They Want,'' a standard-issue ``party anthem'' strewn with n- and f-words and the usual threats and insults, continues DMX's tiresome one-note theme.
Smit implicates himself in the game too, and the work manages to walk the line between one-note sarcasm and a genuine longing for a real sense of community.
The prank hits its bumpy spots--a glam young screen diva (played by glam Gwyneth Paltrow) and a spoilsport neighbor (Denis O'Hare, grousing about like Anthony Heald's vice principal on Boston Public) are one-note Harrys.
But it was also disappointing because Baker, a fledgling choreographer, presented three of her own works (out of five on the program) that essentially limited her to a one-note performance.
One-note, laugh-free filth is another thing entirely.
Unfortunately, the second act goes on to overexplain everything the audience has already gleaned, turning the characters into one-note types: the hypocritical failed artist, the greedy art dealer, the self-destructive fag.
Into Catherine's fragile world come two visitors, one unwelcome (her harpy sister, Claire, a thankless, one-note character played by Hope Davis) and the other (a former student of her father's, Hal, played unconvincingly by Gyllenhaal) unwelcome initially, but who soon finds himself in Catherine's bed.
In fact, this horribly unfunny comedy is downright embarrassing to everyone involved, especially Fonda, who gives a screeching, one-note performance (she rolls her eyes more than the shark in ``Jaws'') that is painful to watch.
It happens to be one of the year's funniest movies, a little one-note at times, but, boy, Zwigoff knows how to make some crazy music from that single note.
Those moments, though, are sandwiched between a hazy mishmash of soap-opera sap, one-note characters and plot lines we've seen in dozens of other movies.