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
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This is the second film that Amanda Peet would appear that was produced and released by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1996. The other was "She's The One" for Fox Searchlight which was released right after the studio released the years' blockbuster hit, "Independence Day" Directed by Roland Emmerich for which Peet would co-star for in "2012" in 2009, 13 years after this released ironically also during the Christmas holiday season as this film was. See more »
When Jack crosses the street with the two kids, a tracking shot shows the sign reads "DON'T WALK." Then the view switches to in front of them and the sign on the opposite side of the street says "WALK." See more »
When movies of today try and capture that "old-fashioned" feeling, usually it's the "values" that they're trying to recapture, forgetting that if you don't make a good movie, what you're left with is two hours of preaching. This movie, on the other hand, may be trying to capture that "old-fashioned" feeling, but the values it's after are the values of craftsmanship and intelligence, two things rarely seen in comedies these days. Oh, yes, and chemistry; Clooney and Pfeiffer have it in spades here. The fact that it's set among the world of working parents and, for the most part, tries to get the details right, also helps. And, oh yeah, it's funny. It is a little cloying at times, and the end feels abrupt, but overall this is a pleasing movie.
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