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

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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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This film contains 5 actors who starred in comic-book movies: George Clooney in Batman and Robin (1997) one year later, Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992) four years prior, Joe Grifasi in Batman Forever (1995), and Michael Massee in The Crow (1994) two years prior. While Clooney played the the hero Batman in his comic-book film, Pfeiffer and Massee played the villains Catwoman and Funboy in theirs also Mae Whitman played in another comic book movie Scott Pilgram vs the world... 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 »

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[last lines]
Maggie Taylor: [Wizard of Oz video ending] I wonder what they're doing?
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Isn't It Romantic?
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Courtesy of Verve Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Charming, delightful, fun and clever; "One Fine Day" is a hit!

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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