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In this winning, romantic comedy, Pfeiffer and Clooney find that opposites attract whether they like it or not. Melanie Parker is juggling single parenthood with a career as an architect. Jack Taylor 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 take shifts baby-sitting for the day, resulting in twelve hours of hilarious misadventures with one unexpected twist.
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Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney are a joy to watch on screen together as they have immense chemistry that borderlines sexy. They don't get along at first, but discover they need each other's help with taking turns watching the others kid while they take care of business. Throughout this one day they become accustomed to each other and develop feelings that are romantic in nature.
This a movie that kids can even watch. Anyone who isn't a parent or a busy professional may not be able to relate to this, but its still a fun ride. Beautiful scenes shot all over New York City and a killer soundtrack make this an enjoyable must see.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE AGAIN AMAZON HAS LUMPED REVIEWS FOR ALL VERSIONS (along with CDs) OF "One Fine Day," THUS DENIGRATING THIS DVD VERSION!!!
I never saw "One Fine Day" in the theater, and purchased it based upon other reviews. Moreover, given the basic plot and the cast, I figured that I would really enjoy the film. While I can see why many people might enjoy the film because of "the underlying story of the career chase at the expense of family," I found myself questioning the "believability" of the events as they unfolded in the film. Conversely, while I suppose that others may find "One Fine Day" to be a "romantic comedy," I do not really see the film as such; it is just too hard for me to conceive that the events portrayed are all that romantic. And my personal experiences make it too difficult to accept that Melanie and Jack "find" a romantic connection given the events they go through. Attraction, yes; "love," NO. I personally felt dismayed that the film was suggesting that such things happen in real life. Yet the performances and presentation of "One Fine Day" are: richly inviting; a nice fantasy; a chance to feel connected to others through empathy with the characters; and, a chance to "escape reality" for 109 minutes. Hence, I have a lot of ambivalent feelings about "One Fine Day."
Like many others, I have lived through some (if not most) of the events depicted--and I whole-heartedly support the theme of "One Fine Day" that family comes first--I truly doubt I could begin to accomplish all the things that Melanie Parker (Michelle Pfeiffer's character) and Jack Taylor (played by George Clooney) manage to do in one day. Even living in a relatively traffic free location it would be difficult, let alone in a major city and using taxi-cabs. I have spent time in major cities--including San Francisco, Vancouver (B.C.), Canada, and Frankfurt, Germany--and I have never encountered someone that I would "trust" my child with after just a brief introduction--even where we both knew a third person (Jack's former wife in "One Fine Day"). Call me overly cautious if you want; call me overly skeptical if you like; but I have to know I can trust and feel comfortable with the person I am leaving my children with to watch over--even if it is "convenient." Indeed, I would have to say that the actions of both Melanie and Jack boarder on child endangerment; all be it, everything "works out" favorably, and both Jack and Malenie are portrayed as "decent" individuals.
Perhaps most disturbing for me, then, is the subtle messages that viewers most likely take away from "One Fine Day." In particular, is the notion that "everything" works out for the best--especially if you try hard enough. Family and work, in modern life are truly at odds, and, unlike the film, people are not finding such "happiness" and balance in their lives; (at least from what I have seen and read about). But "One Fine Day" perpetrates the myth that society is "making it work"--something that I have not personally seen or experienced in my life and the lives of most people around me. Therefore, I cannot fully recommend "One Fine Day" as a film for everyone. It is a pleasant divergence; it is a cute movie; it is a "feel good" film; and it has Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney (although I did not "feel" any chemistry between Pfeiffer and Clooney). On the other hand, as I stated above, the film's conclusion that family "should" come first is a very important message that is a huge plus for watching "One Fine Day."
Please Note: If this review was not helpful to you, I would appreciate learning the reason(s) so I can improve my reviews. My goal is to provide help to potential buyers, not get into any arguments. So, if you only disagree with my opinion, could you please say so in the comments and not indicate that the review was not helpful. Thanks.
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