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One Fine Day (1996)

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

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Michael Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Melanie Parker
George Clooney ... Jack Taylor
Mae Whitman ... Maggie Taylor
Alex D. Linz ... Sammy Parker
Charles Durning ... Lew
Jon Robin Baitz ... Yates, Jr.
Ellen Greene ... Elaine Lieberman
Joe Grifasi ... Manny Feldstein
Pete Hamill ... Frank Burroughs
Anna Maria Horsford ... Evelyn
Gregory Jbara ... Metro Reporter
Sheila Kelley ... Kristen
Barry Kivel Barry Kivel ... Yates, Sr.
Robert Klein ... Dr. Martin
George Martin ... Smith Leland
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un beau jour See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,226,430, 22 December 1996

Gross USA:

$46,151,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,529,550
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Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Melanie and the kids are sitting eating their ice creams, a large clock can be seen on the wall. It appears to read 6 o'clock, when the time should be around 3:30. (even if it doesn't say 6, it most certainly doesn't show anything remotely close to 3:30). See more »

Quotes

Jack Taylor: Kick the mean boys in the shins.
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References Peter Pan (1953) See more »

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One Fine Day
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by Natalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant appears courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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Not too sweet and some good humor in it.
2 December 2004 | by philip_vandervekenSee 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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