The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City.

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Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a result, both children miss their school field trip and are stuck with the parents. The two adults project their negative stereotypes of ex-spouses on each other, but end up needing to rely on each other to watch the children as each must save his job. Humor is added by Sammy's propensity for lodging objects in his nose and Maggie's tendency to wander. Written by John H. Henderson <johnh@eng.auburn.edu>

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She was having a perfectly bad day... Then he came along and spoiled it.

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Rated PG for language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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20 December 1996 (USA)  »

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$6,226,430 (USA) (20 December 1996)

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$46,112,540 (USA) (21 March 1997)
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The school that was used for the scene where Jack and Melanie find their children's class had already left is a private college called the New York School of Interior Design or NYSID. The red front doors were added for the filming. See more »

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After the soccer game, it's evening when Jack puts Maggie to bed, and dark when he gets her out of bed and goes to the fish shop, but then when they're at Melanie's apartment, it alternates from a rainy night to sunlit day out the window. See more »

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Jack Taylor: [to his daughter] That's one of the advantages of being an adult. You get to act like a kid anytime you feel like it.
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One Fine Day
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by The Chiffons
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Not too sweet and some good humor in it.
2 December 2004 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I always expect the worst when I will see a romantic comedy. It's all very much the same, ultra sweet and incredibly predictable. One Fine Day does confirm this, however it isn't as bad as most of the movies in the genre. It's actually a quite enjoyable and funny film.

Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney did a very good job playing two people who are divorced, with a child, afraid to commit to someone else and with a hectic life. One day, they accidentally meet at the school where their kids go to school and during the day they keep meeting, however they hate each other and don't want to see the other ever again. But as the movie progresses, the relationship between the two changes from hating each other, to liking, to ... (this is a romantic comedy, I don't have to explain everything I hope).

Even though some parts aren't excellent, the entire movie is actually quite good and enjoyable. It shows a lot of stereotypes of course like the ex-husband who doesn't want to help his ex-wife when she drowns in all the work and who needs him to take care of the kid, the man who still seems to act like a little child... But when you can see past that, it's an excellent movie to watch together with your wife or girlfriend. You'll both enjoy it. I give it a 7/10.


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