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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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USA

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,151,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,529,550
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Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Clooney had actually met Michelle Pfeiffer years before, in the early 80s he had gone on a few dates with Michelle's sister actress Dedee Pfeiffer. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Quien le Prohibe
Written by Estéfano (as F. "Estefano" Salgado)
Performed by Albita Rodríguez
Courtesy of Crescent Moon Records / Epic Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Charming, delightful, fun and clever; "One Fine Day" is a hit!
17 April 2004 | by NoArrowSee all my reviews

In "One Fine Day" Jack Taylor (George Clooney) and Melanie Parker (Michelle Pfeiffer) meet when their children miss a school field trip, and after much bickering they finally agree to take shifts in watching their kids. Over the course of the day they run into countless mishaps and misadventures, and come close together, to understand each other in a sort of non-romantic romantic way.

The first time I saw "One Fine Day" it was 1996 and I was seven years old. I didn't like it. I found it tedious and boring. Now I'm fourteen, and I just finished watching, and I love it? I get all the jokes I didn't get now, all the clever one-liners spoken with a bright, witty confidence that is reminiscent of Frank Capra films.

And clever they are! I have to say, when you subtract a few (very few) somewhat cheesy lines from the script, it becomes perfect. I'd go as far as to say Oscar worthy. Yes, you may think its cheesy that Jack's a famed newspaper columnist bringing down a mob member and the mayor, and Melanie's an architect working on what we imagine is a multi-million dollar deal with big businessmen, but the way it's presented is not that it makes sense, it's that you don't care. And that's not the focus of the film either, the movie would rather be about the minglings of the two leads.

And I have to say, Clooney and Pfeiffer have great, perfect chemistry. Clooney is his usual cool, intense self whereas Pfeiffer is an uptight, worrisome hard worker. They play off each other perfectly. It's not just their chemistry either, their performances stand alone as emotional, funny and smart. I'd go as far as to call Pfeiffer's Oscar worthy.

The style and direction in the film is also notable. There are split-screen conversations, some long steadicam shots, the whole placing of the camera fits perfectly with the light-hearted nature of the film.

A fun, witty, lovable family film, 7.5/10.


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