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One Fine Day (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  20 December 1996 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un beau jour  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


ITL 4,962,772,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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The press conference scene where Jack confronts the NYC Mayor is supposed to be in City Hall in Manhattan but was actually filmed in Brooklyn Borough Hall which is the office of the Brooklyn Borough President. See more »


Near the end of the movie, when the kids are watching "The Wizard of Oz", they want to fast forward past the Ms. Gulch taking Toto to the county sheriff part. When Melanie fast forwards "to the color part", the music heard is clearly NOT from the color part, but rather from when Toto returns to Dorothy from escaping Ms. Gulch's basket. There is also no way it took Melanie almost the entire movie to get ready to spend time with Jack, but we hear the end of the "Wizard of Oz," in order to end the movie. See more »


Jack Taylor: You're asking me for help.
Melanie Parker: It would appear that way, wouldn't it?
Jack Taylor: I'll agree if you'll say, "Jack, please be my knight in shining armor."
Melanie Parker: Jack, don't be a shit-head. Go rescue our kids.
Jack Taylor: This is hard for you, isn't it?
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Written by Victor Thomas, Ted Parsons, Paul Raven, and Scott Albert
Performed by Prong
Courtesy of Epic Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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