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One Fine Day (1996)

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) (22 December 1996)

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$46,151,454 (USA)
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Near the end when Melanie bumps into the table in her apartment, it was apparently not in the script. Michelle Pfeiffer's clumsiness was therefore left in the movie. See more »

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While having ice-cream in the diner with Melanie, the kids' ice-creams turn abruptly in every shot. Watch the position of the banana. See more »

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Jack Taylor: [on the phone while she can hear him] A real superwoman. Can't open her door, won't shut her mouth.
Melanie: Excuse me, are you talking about me?
Jack Taylor: The first lady. We're thinking about doing a piece on her.
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For the First Time
Written by James Newton Howard, Allan Dennis Rich, and Jud Friedman
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins appears courtesy of Columbia Records
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good enough
18 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Pleasant romantic comedy stars Pfeiffer and Clooney as two divorced, overworked parents whose children are bickering classmates. They meet, and don't exactly see eye to eye, but then circumstances force them to put aside their differences and try to help each other out as they struggle to balance their job priorities with their parental obligations, all during a hectic day in New York City. Predictable setup made worthwhile by two very appealing leads, believable situations, and well-drawn characters. Youngsters Whitman and Linz are especially likable as the two children who reluctantly get dragged from one place to the next. ***


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