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Retrospective: One Fine Day (1996)

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Steve Kong

Oct 22, 2000, 10:27:20 PM10/22/00
One Fine Day (1996)
Review by Steve Kong
The Hard Boiled Movie Guide

The best word to describe the movie One Fine Day is "nice." This movie is
one of those films that are so nice that it doesn't have to work hard to
get the audience to like it.

One Fine Day stars George Clooney as an investigative reporter some New
York paper. Michelle Pfeiffer is some sort of architect; at least that's
what I figured her to be. Both of them are single parents, each with a
single child.

Well, the story is formulaic at best, the two meet, they hate each other,
somehow they find that they're in love, they are stubborn and don't admit
it, they end up happily ever after together. But, it's not the story that
makes the movie; it's the general way in which the movie "behaves" that
gives it likeability. It has a certain charm that hooked me. Kudos to
director Michael Hoffman and writer Terrel Seltzer and Ellen Simon for
putting together a movie that has such wonderful charm.

There's not much more to say about the film, it's just so nice. Clooney
and Pfeiffer both give good performances. And the score from James Newton
Howard fits the film very well. The one thing that didn't fit in the film
was that scandal that Clooney's character had to take care of, but that's a
small, tiny, complaint and is quickly overlooked.

If you want a romantic comedy that will make you smile, pick up One Fine
Day. This is a wonderful film. Don't Miss One Fine Day.

Steve Kong

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