One Fine Day

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In this charming romantic comedy, three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field) and ER star George Clooney find that opposites attract whether they like it or not. Melanie Parker (Pfeiffer) is juggling single parenthood with a career as an architect. Jack Taylor (Clooney) is a commitment-shy newspaper columnist who only has his daughter every other weekend. When their kids miss a school field trip, Melanie and Jack agree to share babysitting for a day, resulting in twelve hours of hilarious misadventures with one unexpected twist.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40175730
UPC 024543057635
UPC 14 00024543057635
Format DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
Big City
New York City
Romantic Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note George Clooney plays a rakish, irresponsible, and sexy single dad and Michelle Pfeiffer is a neurotic, standoffish, and sexy single mom in this likeable, fast-paced romantic comedy. Melanie Parker is an architect and a perfectionist workaholic who has no time for a social life. Unfortunately, things spin out of her control on the day of the biggest presentation of her career, when her son Sammy shows up late to school and misses the class field trip; he is left in Melanie's care for the day. Jack Taylor, a feckless newspaper reporter, finds himself in much the same situation when his newly married ex-wife leaves their daughter Maggie with him for a week, requiring a level of responsibility which he is unprepared for. The two meet in front of the school and sparks-of the ill-tempered kind-fly, as each projects onto the other the faults of their exes. Eventually, however, as each races to save his or her job while keeping their kids intact, their true feelings for one another emerge. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for the best original song ("For the First Time").
Entertainment Weekly "...Clooney proves himself to be a true movie star....Irresistibility..." -- Rating:B 12/20/1996 pp.53-4
Variety "ONE FINE DAY is a pretty ideal baby-boomer romantic comedy. Made with the right breezy insouciance and performed with consummate flair and sexy star allure by Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney..." 12/02/1996
Michael Hoffman
George Clooney
Michelle Pfeiffer
Cast & Crew
Charles Durning - Actor
Ellen Greene - Actor
George Clooney - Actor
Mae Whitman - Actor
Michelle Pfeiffer - Actor
Michael Hoffman - Director
Kate Guinzburg - Executive Producer
Michelle Pfeiffer - Executive Producer
James Newton Howard - Musical Score
Lynda Obst - Producer
Terrel Seltzer - Screenplay
Ellen Simon - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 2005763
UPC 00024543057635
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1997) Jud Friedman, et. al., Nominee, Best Song,James Newton Howard, et. al. ("For the First Time"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song
Golden Globe (1997) Jud Friedman, et. al., Nominee, Best Original Song,James Newton Howard, et. al. ("For the First Time"), Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
YoungStar Awards (1997) Alex D. Linz, Nominee, Best Performance By A Young Actor In A Comedy,Mae Whitman, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Comedy Film
Grammy (1998) James Newton Howard, et. al. ("For the First Time"), Nominee, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television
ReviewSource TNT's Rough Cut
Review Armed with two of the most charming actors in Hollywood today (Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney), Director Michael Hoffman attempts to make a romantic comedy reminiscent of the Katharine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy glory days and succeeds... this is a date movie that works.
Reviewer Wendy Wilson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource USA Today
Review One Fine two formulaic hours, but they do illustrate how two attractive leads and a lickety-split narrative can elevate meager material into something this side of bearability... Cast as divorced parents whose youngsters attend the same school, the stars acrimoniously "meet cute" after Clooney's cavalierness causes the kids to miss a field trip... An old-fashioned, '40s-style comedy about a '90s situation...
Reviewer Mike Clark
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review One Fine Day has all the ingredients of an enjoyable romantic comedy: a decent premise, likable leads, and a solid supporting cast. The problem is, instead of throwing the two main characters together and giving them an opportunity to get to know one another, the script insists on keeping them apart as they run around New York City, trying to sort out one crisis after another. By the time they finally get a chance to snuggle together on a couch, too much time has passed for us to be enthralled by the long-delayed magic that materializes...Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney make an appealing couple. They're both charismatic, and, when they're together, they generate sufficient electricity for us to want them to stay that way. Unfortunately, One Fine Day keeps them separated for much of its running time. Both Melanie and Jack are in the midst of work-related emergencies, and the film is determined to pursue their careers with as much vigor as it pursues their personal lives. Frankly, however, Jack's attempts to verify the veracity of a newspaper column he wrote and Melanie's juggling of meetings don't make for compelling viewing...One Fine Day has a few enchanting moments, such as a scene where Jack sweeps Melanie off her feet (literally), then splashes around in a large puddle of water. However, as a romantic comedy, this is a spotty affair because it's not really funny or romantic enough. Keeping the leads apart might work for something like Sleepless in Seattle, where the intention is to develop an old-fashioned, long-distance romance, but, in a movie like this -- one that's being pulled in so many directions that it's coming apart at the seams -- it's a mistake. For much of its running length, One Fine Day lacks focus and direction, and that makes it one fine mess.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ``Cinema is the history of boys photographing girls.'' Or so Jean-Luc Godard is claimed to have said. I thought of his words while watching ``One Fine Day,'' an uninspired formula movie with another fine performance by Michelle Pfeiffer. She does everything in this movie that a much better movie would have required from her, but the screenplay lets her down...Since Pfeiffer is one of the producers, she can blame herself; she *wanted* to make this predictable fluff about two beautiful people who engage in a verbal sparring match for 90 minutes while we patiently wait for them to acknowledge that they have fallen hopelessly in love. She completes a three-dimensional, appealing character and puts her in a lockstep plot...The movie stars Pfeiffer as Melanie, a divorced mom who has some kind of a job involving big architectural projects. George Clooney plays Jack, a divorced columnist for the New York Daily News. Through a series of coincidences, both single parents are suddenly required to take care of their kids for the day, and then circumstances throw them together, again and again...So OK, what's going to happen? Consider this to be like the crossword puzzle. Get out your pencils...Meanwhile, the two kids like each other, and the two parents like each other, and there are scenes at the docks, scenes in the park, scenes in toy stores, scenes in the streets, scenes in the rain, scenes in taxis, scenes where Ocean Spray cranberry juice gets squirted on Pfeiffer's blouse and similar scenes in which other garments are stained on a regular basis...Pfeiffer looks, acts and sounds wonderful throughout all of this, and George Clooney is perfectly serviceable as a romantic lead, sort of a Mel Gibson lite. I liked them. I wanted them to get together. I wanted them to live happily ever after. The sooner the better.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Pfeiffer,Michelle
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The Movie Minute Pfeiffer is luminous! Clooney is irresistible!
The Hollywood Reporter A fast-paced, warmhearted movie...a near perfect crystalline comedy.
Chicago Tribune Giddy and hilarious...Hugely enjoyable.
David Sheehan, CBS-TV As clever and cunning as it is fresh and funny!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A charmer that lifts off on the winning chemistry between Pfeiffer and Clooney.

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