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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Melanie Parker
... Jack Taylor
... Maggie Taylor
... Sammy Parker
... Lew
... Yates, Jr.
... Elaine Lieberman
... Manny Feldstein
Pete Hamill ... Frank Burroughs
... Evelyn
... Metro Reporter
... Kristen
Barry Kivel ... Yates, Sr.
... Dr. Martin
... Smith Leland
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un beau jour  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,226,430, 22 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,151,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,529,550
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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 »

Quotes

Marla: I didn't know you had a daughter! She looks just like you!
Jack Taylor: Yeah, well, with any luck she'll grow out of it.
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What a Diff'rence a Day Made
Written by María Grever and Stanley Adams
Performed by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett appears courtesy of Columbia Records
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Not too sweet and some good humor in it.
2 December 2004 | by See 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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