One Fine Day

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michael Hoffman
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

I heard that my son, Dave Jr...

You met Dave Jr, right?

This is great news.

I was notified Sunday that Dave Jr

will be tried as a juvenile for grand theft auto.


911. 911.



I'm really thirsty, Mommy.


OK. OK, sweetie.

- Good night.

- Wait. There's one more sip left.

- Half a sip. You don't need it. Good night.

- I do need it. I do need it, Mommy.

OK. Now good night for real, OK?

- Good night, Mom.

- Night-night.

I'm real excited about the field trip tomorrow.

- I love big boats.

- That's good.

- The Circle Line is big, right?

- Yeah.



Sleepy time now.

Is Daddy coming

to my soccer game tomorrow?

He's gonna try, Sammy.

Honey, do you remember when

I explained to you that Daddy has

- a different schedule to other daddies?

- Yeah.

Well, musicians don't always know exactly

when they're gonna get a chance to play.

So... there's a chance

he might not come tomorrow.

But he's gonna try.

Yeah. He's gonna try.

I love you a million, billion, zillion.

Do you love him?

Huh, Mommy?

I will always love your daddy

because he gave me you.

Now go to sleep.

I can't sleep, Mom.

I had a bad dream.

In just two minutes you already

fell asleep and had a bad dream?


I don't even think I knew her.

She's lyin'. I'd divorce her.

- Hi, Jack.

- Dad!

- Hi, Daddy!

- Hey! You maggot, you! Come here.

Watch your step.

- Maggie, be careful.

- It's all right. She does it all the time.

I can't believe your plumbing's not fixed yet.

- So what's up, Kristen?

- Me and Greg got married last Saturday.

- Oh, yeah. How's Greg?

- He's waiting in the car.

Waiting with an ulcer, hoping you'll say yes.

I need you to watch Maggie for me.

OK. I can do that till about six.

Would that help?

- Well...

- For the whole week, Daddy.

We were going on our honeymoon today.

But the nanny's gotta go watch her mother

have a benign tumor removed in Ohio.

Greg's parents are too old. Mine are too crazy.

Yours are dead. So that leaves you.

- Please, Jack, do this. Please!

- I would love to but I'm working on a story.

- You're always working on a story.

- Yeah. It's what I do.

The same old one about a good-time father

to whom responsibility is a dirty word.

Here's a hint. For an attempted manipulation,

like the one in progress, I'd have tried flattery.

Why am I always the grown-up?

Because at the start of the relationship, when

we chose sides, you chose grown-up first.

- This is how you want it.

- No. What I want

is just once for you to make a sacrifice

in your career for your daughter.

Come here, my little noodle.

My little creature.

Go pee. And wash your hands and face

and brush your teeth.

We're in a hurry cos we have to

take your friend Maggie to school.

- We can't be late because of your field trip.

- I hate Maggie. She thinks she's so funny.

- Maggie?

- Here's Maggie's doctor's number

and the number of a baby-sitter

who can help tomorrow.

She's got a walk-on part today.

One last thing. This is really important.

My neighbor was supposed to take Maggie

to school for me this morning.

She lives in my building... Jack. Jack?

- Apartment 501. This is her number.

- OK.

- Her name is Melanie Parker.

- Melanie Parker.

If you want her to take Maggie

to school for you...

If you want her to take Maggie to school,

bring Maggie to her house before eight.

If not, call Mel and let her know that

you don't need her to take Maggie. Jack? OK?

I'm gonna miss my plane.

- Maybe I should cancel my honeymoon.

- Don't cancel it.

- Are you sure?

- Yeah. Don't worry. Say hi to Greg.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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