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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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Opening Weekend:

$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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The plastic wrap on the fishbowl changes between shots. When Melanie first leaves her apartment to go to Maggie's there is no wrap on it. When she's on the street and arrives at school it is covered with wrap and a rubber band. Maggie removes the wrap at "breakfast" and it remains uncovered when Jack takes it to his office. See more »

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Jack Taylor: I'm working on a story right now.
Kristen: You're always working on a story.
Jack Taylor: Well, Yeah. It's what I do.
Kristen: It's the same old one about an every-other-weekend, good-time father, for whom responsibility is a dirty word.
Jack Taylor: Here's a hint, Kristen. During an attempted manipulation, like the one that's in progress, I would have gone with flattery.
Kristen: Why do I always have to be the grownup where you always get to be the little boy?
Jack Taylor: Because in the beginning of the relationship when we were choosing up sides, you chose...
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Optimistic Voices
From The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Written by E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen, and Herbert Stothart
Courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.
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Suprising!
5 February 2001 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

I saw this on a Sunday while doing laundry, thinking that it was a good way to waste time at my inlaws, and instead found a truly enjoyable comedy. I have read reviews that call it "predictable yet enjoyable", yet, I find it reminiscent of the screwball comedies of Hollywood's past, extremely funny & unrealistic & realistic all at the same time. I can think of no better way to spend my one day off a week with my husband than including a movie like this into our plans.


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