One Fine Day

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

In New York City, single mom Melanie Parker (Michelle Pfeiffer) is trying frantically to get her 8-year-old daughter, Maggie (Mae Whitman), to a boat dock in time for an all-day school boat trip. Across town, single dad Jack Taylor (George Clooney) is trying to get his young son, Sammy (Alex D. Linz), to the same boat. But both are late and their children miss the boat. After hurriedly exchanging names and, inadvertently, their cellular phones, they share a cab to the separate places they work. Since both Jack and Melanie must take their children along to work with them, they end up calling on each other to care for their youngsters a few hours while they resolve important business crises. Before the day is over, Jack and Melanie have become well acquainted and even start to show a romantic interest in each other. The dialogue between the two, who have very different personalities, is witty and their frantic efforts to keep up with their kids while working is clever and amusing. ONE FINE DAY will particularly appeal to young adults who can empathize with their predicament.

Overall, ONE FINE DAY is a rather decent film, but earns a PG rating partially because of a few moderately crude words, two obscenities and four jolting GD profanities. Also, Melanie is shown briefly in her bra while changing blouses and she and George exchange a few comical double entendres relating to male genitals. However, both are very conscientious, caring parents and are trying to meet the needs of their children. In one touching scene, George agrees to take home a kitten which has captured Maggie's heart, although the idea doesn't appeal to him at all. And Melanie cuts short a business meeting to take Sammy to a soccer game. After their busy day, Jack falls asleep sitting on a couch as Melanie rests her head on his shoulder, but no sexual activity is implied. Hollywood has again produced another wholesome film with good messages and then polluted it with some very unfortunate foul language.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 2, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Few (2) times (s-word 1, other 1)

Profanity: Many (9) times - Regular 4 (GD); Exclamatory 5 (Oh my God)

Violence: Once - Mild (toy auto runs into man's leg)

Sex: None

Nudity: None; Near nudity - once (woman in bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times - Moderate (double entendres referring to genitals; woman adjusts bra)

Drugs: None, but reference made to drug available to school children

Other: Loving, caring single parents

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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